Are existing gun laws being enforced in RI? What a review state prosecutions shows

Are existing gun laws being enforced in RI? What a review state prosecutions shows

PROVIDENCE — Amid the heated debate this year over new gun laws, including a new prohibition on bringing loaded firearms onto school grounds, gun-rights advocates questioned how vigorously the attorney general is enforcing existing laws. Wyman Hallstrom of Pawtucket posed the argument this way in an email to the House Judiciary Committee on March 19, urging passage of a law requiring more statistics-gathering on the outcome of gun-crime prosecutions: "Since a small portion of the Legislature seems determined to prosecute the innocent gun owners of the state without reason, maybe passing this bill will show where the real problem lies: The lack of prosecution of the criminal element in the state. "What is the point of passing gun laws when you don’t insist on the prosecution of the existing laws?" he asked. In response to arguments such as these, Rhode Island lawmakers passed — and the governor allowed to become law without his signature — legislation adding more boxes to a report the attorney general is already required to produce annually. The new law requires that the attorney general report the initial charge, the type of gun used in each alleged crime, and the final outcome of each case. More specifically, it says: Beginning with the report due March 31, 2023, "the reports shall show whether the firearm or firearms at issue in each case was a rifle, semi-automatic rifle, shotgun, revolver, semi-automatic handgun, or miscellaneous firearm." But that is not to say Rhode Island did not already have […]

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