Rhode Island lawmakers consider multiple gun law bills

By The Associated Press


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) _ Rhode Island lawmakers are considering more than a dozen bills that would either strengthen or relax gun restrictions in the state.

The House Judiciary Committee is set to hold a hearing on weapons-related legislation Tuesday.

Two bills introduced by Democrats would block people convicted of certain domestic violence offenses from owning or buying guns.

A Democrat-backed bill would criminalize owning or selling of ammunition-feeding devices that can accept more than 10 rounds.

A Republican-sponsored bill would prohibit using state funds to enforce federal firearms rules.

Bipartisan legislation would allow for the automatic renewal of a gun permit or license. Another bipartisan bill would allow people who have concealed carry permits issued by Massachusetts, Connecticut and other states to carry concealed guns in Rhode Island.

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