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Rhode Island: Gun Bills On Tap For Last Week of Session

Sunday, June 27, 2021

Rhode Island:  Gun Bills On Tap For Last Week of Session

Lawmakers are ready to wrap-up their regular legislative session, and all indications point to a swift plan to slide a few anti-gun bills through at the last minute.  Under the cover of the COVID lock-down, business as usual has proceeded in Providence, albeit with the public shut out of the Statehouse for an entire year.  Having become accustomed to no public presence in the building, anti-gun politicians have continued their stealth ways by posting bills in the House Judiciary Committee late Friday night so they can quickly be dispensed with on Monday.

They are banking on you not paying attention and not making any noise.  This is how you lose your rights.  The bills that are now the focus of attention include:

S.73/H.5555 attacks concealed carry on school property.  This bill really amounts to a mandate to leave your gun unattended in the parking lot.  The existing school carry law has been on the books for decades with no problems.  This legislation is a solution in search of a problem.  Unfortunately, this bill creates new and potentially dangerous problems, as it would require gun owners to unload in the parking lot and then leave their firearm in an unattended vehicle. 

S.406/H.5553 is mandatory storage legislation.  This legislation does nothing except tip the scales toward criminals in self-defense situations.   Micromanaging safety practices inside one’s home by mandating firearms be under lock and key denies the basic right to self-defense and is a flagrant violation of a person’s constitutional rights.  This should be a matter of personal responsibility as everyone’s living situation is different. 

S.416/H.5386 is legislation that purports to outlaw straw purchases, which are already against the law.  What this bill really does is create traps to ensnare those who might “transfer” firearms.  Simply handing-off a gun from instructor to student could potentially result in serious legal jeopardy.  The bill creates a new felony and would result in a lifetime gun ban.

There is one bill under consideration that is more appropriately focused.  S.119/H.5727 would require the Attorney General to issue a report on the disposition of gun charges and gun cases that have been brought by prosecutors.  Gun owners have long maintained that current gun laws should be enforced, rather than passing new laws that do nothing more than punish law-abiding gun owners.

It is critical that you contact your state Representative and Senator immediately!  Please be sure to respectfully ask them to support S.119/H.5272 and to oppose any gun control legislation!

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