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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

March 22 Legislative Hearings: Focus on Gun Safety


This Week’s Hearings: A Busy Time for Gun Safety
On Tuesday, March 22, the House Judiciary Committee will be hearing most of the bills introduced this session related to gun safety.  The LWVRI position on gun safety is based on that of the LWVUS, as follows:

The LWVUS believes that the proliferation of handguns and semiautomatic assault weapons in the US is a major health and safety threat to its citizens.  The League supports strong federal measures to limit the accessibility and regulate theo ownership of these weapons by private citizens.  The Leagues supports regulating firearms for consumer safety.  The League supports licensing procedures for gun ownership by private citizens to include a waiting period for background checks, personal identity verification, gun safety education and annual license renewal.  The license fee should be adequate to bear the cost of education and verification.  The League supports a ban on “Saturday night specials,” enforcement of strict penalties for the improper possession of and crimes committed with handguns and assault weapons, and allocation of resources to better regulate and monitor gun dealers. (Adopted by 1990 LWVUS Convention and amended by 1994 and 1998 Conventions.)

The League will testify in SUPPORT of
House Bill No. 7243  SUPPORT
BY Ajello, Tanzi, Handy, Amore, Almeida
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL OFFENSES - WEAPONS {LC3675/1}
(Provides that only peace officers and persons approved by the school authorities for the purposes of educational instruction officers may carry firearms or other weapons on school grounds.)
House Bill No. 7283 SUPPORT
BY Amore, Lombardi, Ajello, Regunberg, Blazejewski
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL OFFENSES - WEAPONS {LC3793/1}
(Prohibits any person convicted of a misdemeanor offense under §12-29-2 (a crime involving domestic violence) from purchasing, owning, transporting, carrying, or possessing any firearm.)
House Bill No. 7575 SUPPORT
BY Tanzi, Fogarty, Carson, Ruggiero, Maldonado
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL OFFENSES -- WEAPONS--THE PROTECTRHODE ISLAND FAMILIES ACT {LC4631/1} (Requires the surrender of firearms to law enforcement agencies after conviction of certain domestic violence offenses.)
House Bill No. 7199  SUPPORT
BY Regunberg, Carson, Ajello, Handy, Almeida
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL OFFENSES -- WEAPONS {LC3670/1}
(Criminalizes the manufacture, import, possession, purchase, sale or transfer of any ammunition feeding device capable of accepting more than ten (10) rounds.)
House Bill No. 7850  SUPPORT
(Attorney General) by Diaz, Shekarchi, Almeida, Maldonado
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL OFFENSES - WEAPONS {LC4003/1}
(Makes it unlawful to carry a rifle or shotgun in a vehicle or on one's person, visible or concealed, except at one's residence, place of business or land.  This subsection shall not apply to those persons engaged in lawful hunting activity as   provided in chapter 13 of title 20, lawful target shooting within this state or lawfully engaged in any of the activities authorized by §11-47-9.)
House Bill no. 7853  SUPPORT 
Attorney General BY Johnston, Canario
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL OFFENSES - WEAPONS {LC4007/1}
(Provides that no person, entity, or dealer shall sell, loan, transfer or acquire a firearm from any person, entity or dealer with the intent to avoid the application/disclosure process required by
§§11-47-35 or 11-47-35.2.)
Based on our position above, the League will oppose:
House Bill No. 7093  OPPOSE
BY Fellela, Carnevale, Costa, Ucci
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL OFFENSES -- WEAPONS {LC3503/1}
(Provides for automatic renewal of a gun permit or license.)
House Bill No. 7541  OPPOSE
BY Ucci, Chippendale, Nardolillo, Price, Corvese
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL OFFENSES -- WEAPONS {LC4665/1}
(Allows individuals with concealed carry permits issued by Massachusetts, Connecticut and any other state with a live fire requirement to carry concealed firearms within this state.)
House Bill No. 7680  OPPOSE
BY Nardolillo, Chippendale, Price, Roberts
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT - SECOND
AMENDMENT PRESERVATION ACT {LC4764/1} (Prohibits the use of state funds, personnel or property in the enforcement of federal firearms laws or regulations.)

Take ACTION!
The most effective way you can support or oppose these bills is to CALL the office of your legislator and/or the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Cale Keable.
Here are the members of the Judiciary Committee
Representative Edith H. Ajello:   rep-ajello@rilegislature.gov
Representative Joseph S. Almeida:   rep-almeida@rilegislature.gov
Representative Christopher R. Blazejewski:   rep-blazejewski@rilegislature.gov
Representative Dennis M. Canario:   rep-canario@rilegislature.gov
Representative Doreen Marie Costa, Vice Chairperson:   rep-costa@rilegislature.gov
 Representative David A. Coughlin, Jr.:   rep-coughlin@rilegislature.gov
 Representative Robert E. Craven, Sr.:   rep-craven@rilegislature.gov
 Representative John G. Edwards:   rep-edwards@rilegislature.gov
 Representative Blake A. Filippi:   rep-filippi@rilegislature.gov
 Representative Cale P. Keable, Chairperson:   rep-keable@rilegislature.gov
 Representative Carol Hagan McEntee:   rep-mcentee@rilegislature.gov
 Representative Jeremiah T. O'Grady:   rep-ogrady@rilegislature.gov

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