Benoit: We need common sense gun reform

Benoit: We need common sense gun reform

I hope this is the year that the R.I. Legislature finally passes meaningful, common sense gun reform legislation. Military-style assault weapons do not belong on our streets. They were designed for the battlefield. Their rapid fire power causes multiple deaths in a matter of seconds as seen in the mass shootings that are all too familiar to us. Mass shootings do not occur in other countries with the frequency that they do in the U.S. The difference is the availability of assault-style weapons in our country. Nine states including Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey ban assault weapons and limit the number of bullets in guns to 10. R.I. should do the same. Many members of the public are unaware that Rhode Islanders who hold concealed carry permits can carry their guns into schools and on school property. All guns except those possessed by law enforcement should be banned on school property. Bills prohibiting gun magazines larger than 10 bullets, restricting the sale of assault weapons and banning guns in schools are all before the General Assembly again this year. I urge Speaker Shekarchi and Senate President Ruggerio to let these bills come to the floor for a vote. Nancy Benoit Woonsocket

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