‘Time for action can no longer be delayed’: Rhode Island caucus calls for passage of gun bills
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — The Rhode Island Legislative Black and Latino Caucus gathered at the State House Thursday, calling on their colleagues to pass several gun safety bills.
The bills the caucus are advocating for are bills that would: prohibit the sales and possession of high-capacity magazines, prohibit open carry of shotgun and rifles, safe storage enhancement, raise the age of to buy a rifle to 21 and prohibit future sales of assault weapons.
“We are calling on our fellow members of the General Assembly to pass the common sense gun safety laws that will protect our children and residents from the vile and reprehensible acts recently experienced in Texas and Buffalo,” said Chairwoman Rep. Karen Alzate.
Senate President Dominick Ruggerio issued the below statement on the matter.
“The Senate has passed strong firearm safety legislation in recent years, including the Red Flag law to remove guns from individuals who pose a threat to themselves or others, removal of firearms from domestic abusers, mental health reporting to NICS for background checks, and the prohibition of ghost guns, 3D guns, and bump stocks. Last year we banned firearms from school grounds as a result of a bill I sponsored, and we closed the dangerous ‘straw purchasing’ loophole that had allowed individuals to buy firearms for someone else. Additional firearm legislation was heard earlier this session by the Senate Judiciary Committee and is under review.”
The recent push to pass this legislation comes after the tragic school shooting in Texas that left 19 children dead.
Gov. Dan McKee was in attendance and has said he would sign the bills if they come this his desk.
The Rhode Island congressional delegation is hosting a press conference Friday to call on stronger federal gun legislation.