Emotions Flare As RI House Committee Takes Up Gun Bill Package

Emotions Flare As RI House Committee Takes Up Gun Bill Package

The package includes 21 bills that would ban assault rifles, high-capacity magazines, ban guns from school grounds and more. Rep. Justine Caldwell, who sponsored three of the bills, said she received dozens of threatening messages from gun rights activists. (Shutterstock) PROVIDENCE, RI — Rhode Island House of Representatives lawmakers settled in for a marathon committee hearing Friday afternoon, as the Judiciary Committee took up a package of bills that would overhaul gun laws in the state. There are 21 bills in total, covering topics ranging from a ban on assault-style weapons to a limit on high-capacity ammunition magazines. Rep. Justine Caldwell, who sponsored three of the bills, said that the bills aren’t meant to infringe on the rights of gun owners, instead to keep dangerous weapons away from people who intend to do harm. "[The guns used for] many mass shootings, including the recent attack in Atlanta, were acquired legally," Caldwell said. "These weapons we’re talking about in these bills only allow them to kill more people, faster." Rep. Justine Caldwell speaks in favor of a package of gun control bills in the House Judiciary Committee. (Courtesy Capitol TV) If passed, Caldwell’s bills would limit magazines to 10 bullets or fewer, ban assault-style guns, and make it a felony to store guns in an unlocked cabinet. The East Greenwich Democrat said she has faced serious backlash from gun rights activists, including threats against she and her children saying they will "show her what guns can do" if the bans […]

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