Raimondo, Neronha unveil new gun-control bills as supporters, opponents rally

Raimondo, Neronha unveil new gun-control bills as supporters, opponents rally

Katherine Gregg Journal Political Writer kathyprojo Feb 13, 2020 at 2:19 PM PROVIDENCE — Forty-seven homicide victims were killed by guns in Rhode Island in the last five years. Armed with this stark statistic, Atty. Gen. Peter Neronha joined Gov. Gina Raimondo on Thursday in pushing for bans on guns in schools, assault weapons and a half dozen other bills aimed at averting more preventable deaths. Pondering how he would explain inaction to today’s youth, Neronha said: "I don’t want them to lose their lives because we’re afraid to make the tough decisions that will keep them safe.’’ In her turn at the press conference, Raimondo said: "One year ago tomorrow, we were here at an event very much like this. We introduced a slate of common sense gun-safety legislation [that] we know would make Rhode Island safer. "And do you know what happened with those bills? ’’ she asked rhetorically. "No action. The legislature sat on their hands, as have people in Congress and in the Senate in Washington. So we are here again … and we’ll be here again next year if that’s what it takes." A short time later, gun-control activists gathered in the rotunda to mark the two-year anniversary of the Valentine’s Day massacre that left 17 dead at a Florida high school. Gun-rights advocates shouted over them. "Don’t ghost us on Valentine’s Day," said the Rev. Jamie Washam of the First Baptist Church in America. "Pass this bill prohibiting ghost guns." But yellow-clad Second […]

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