Rhode Island House, Senate committees to vote on gun reform bills

Rhode Island State House. (WLNE)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — After a call for action from federal, state, and local leaders, the Rhode Island House Judiciary Committee is set to vote on a slate of gun reform bills Thursday.

The three bills scheduled to be voted on are: to ban all semi-automatic weapons that hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition, raise the age to buy all firearms from 18 to 21 (with some exemptions), and to ban open carry of loaded rifles and shotguns in public.

The vote was announced Tuesday after weeks of advocates calling for gun reform bills to be placed on the table for a vote.

Gov. Dan McKee has been one of the advocates saying over the past couple of weeks that he will sign any gun legislation that comes to his desk.

The calls for actions have intensified since the deadly school shooting in Uvalde, Texas.

Second Amendment supporters have lashed out against proposed gun reform measures, arguing instead for better mental health protocols and more school security measures.

A spokesman for the Senate said  the Judiciary Committee will take up the gun bills on Tuesday.

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