Hearing on 21 gun bills stretches more than 10 hours in RI House Judiciary Committee

Hearing on 21 gun bills stretches more than 10 hours in RI House Judiciary Committee

Over nearly two dozen bills relating to gun laws were heard on Smith Hill, Friday, March 19, 2021. (WJAR) PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WJAR) — Consideration for a package of 21 gun bills lasted more than 10 hours Friday in the House Judiciary Committee, with some drawing strong opposition from second amendment advocates. "I would be remiss if I didn’t say I was disappointed in the process," said North Providence state Rep. Arthur "Doc" Corvese at the start of the 1 p.m. meeting, after rules had to be changed to accommodate nearly 400 people who signed up to testify. Each member of the public was given one minute and 15 seconds via telephone, but some felt it wasn’t enough. Written comment was also accepted. State Rep. Jason Knight, a Democrat representing Barrington, said he received more than 1,000 emails this week alone from people on "both sides" of the debate. He also sponsored one of the proposed bills, which would prohibit someone from purchasing, selling, or transferring a firearm on behalf of someone who isn’t allowed to have one. "One of the big ways firearms end up in the hands of felons and who are otherwise not allowed to possess is that there are some folks out there who make a living, a habit out of purchasing handguns legally then turning around and selling them in the black market to those who are not supposed to have them," Knight said. Another bill, sponsored by Providence Democratic state Rep. Anastasia Williams, would […]

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