Gun owners rally at the RI State House against gun-control legislation

Gun owners rally at the RI State House against gun-control legislation

PROVIDENCE – Gun owners converged Thursday on the State House for the first time since the pandemic to oppose legislation they say infringes on their Constitutional gun rights. Unlike in past years when the boisterous yellow-clad crowd marched by the hundreds through the marble halls of government to raise awareness to their concerns, continuing COVID restrictions had the building locked by 3 p.m. and the gun owners congregating outside. "The message today is to be heard — especially after that press conference the other day here," said Brenda Jacob, a lobbyist with the Rhode Island Rifle and Revolver Association, and a member of several other firearm groups. More: Top RI officers unite in call for gun-control measures More: Elorza leads group of community leaders in effort to spotlight "unacceptable" trend of gun violence The rally came two days after the governor and top elected officials gathered at the same State House doors to call for “common-sense gun safety legislation” during a spring that has seen a spike in violent gun crime in places like Providence and Pawtucket. Three particular bills which have gained traction this legislative session would ban “straw” purchases of guns, prohibit guns from being carried on school grounds, and require the locked storage of firearms when not in use. But the gun owners say the legislation is being pushed by well-funded interest groups that have “repeatedly promoted lies” and “twisted data” to advance their agenda — at the cost to law-abiding citizens like themselves. "The Rhode […]

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