Burrillville council reaffirms town’s status as ‘Second Amendment Sanctuary,’ opposes gun control bills

Burrillville council reaffirms town’s status as ‘Second Amendment Sanctuary,’ opposes gun control bills

BURRILLVILLE – With nearly a dozen bills before the Rhode Island General Assembly that aim to limit public access to firearms and ammunition, Burrillville Town Councilors reaffirmed their opposition to gun control legislation last month, voting unanimously on a resolution again dubbing the town a “Second Amendment Sanctuary.” The vote mirrored action first taken in 2019 in opposition to state legislation councilors said is not in the best interest of Burrillville residents. The latest resolution restating the position lists several bills currently under consideration in the House and Senate. Among them is Senate 2704 , which would give the state attorney general sole authority to issue conceal carry permits and require a national criminal background check for such permits, also repealing provisions that currently allow minors to carry firearms. House bill 7300 would make it a violation in Rhode Island to store or leave a firearm unsecured, punishable by a fine of $3,000. If a child is injured or killed as a result, the owner could face felony charges and up to five years in jail. Senate bill 2734 would make it an automatic felony to store firearms unlocked, and Senate 2637 would increase the age for legal purchase of guns from 18 to 21, a change also proposed in companion legislation in the House. House 7664 and Senate 2733 would disqualify individuals with prior convictions of possession of a firearm without a license from legally purchasing a gun, and House 6616 would prohibit the sale or transfer of […]

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