Governor and attorney general call for new gun control laws

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island’s Democratic governor and attorney general pushed state lawmakers to pass a group of bills they feel will help curb gun violence. Gov. Gina Raimondo and Attorney General Peter Neronha held an event at the Statehouse Thursday to discuss eight gun control bills they’re supporting. “This is our obligation as Rhode Islanders to get this right, and these bills and more to come will save lives. We know that,” Raimondo said. Gun control advocates and gun rights supporters attended, then many of them gathered in the Statehouse rotunda for a rally led by student activists. The rally was organized to call for gun reform and mark Friday’s two-year anniversary of the deadly mass shooting at Parkland’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida. “This is a fight about protecting our loved ones and it is not a fight we can afford to lose,” said Wassa Bagayoko, a junior at Brown University. Gun rights supporters held signs that read “if lawful gun owners were the problem you’d know it" and “gun control does not work.” Four of the bills have already been introduced this legislative session. They would ban military-style assault weapons, high-capacity magazines and 3D-printed guns and so-called ghost guns that are untraceable. The legislation also requires gun sellers to send firearm purchase applications to police departments where the buyer lives, not just where the gun is purchased. Raimondo and Neronha have asked General Assembly leaders to introduce four other bills. Those measures would […]

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