Rhode Island Coalition Against Gun Violence: Addressing Second Amendment Fallacies

Rhode Island Coalition Against Gun Violence: Addressing Second Amendment Fallacies

Gun Rights

While a handful of rural towns in Rhode Island have introduced second amendment sanctuary resolutions, under the premise that their Second Amendment rights are at risk, the Rhode Island Coalition Against Gun Violence ( RICAGV ) reiterates that none of the gun safety measures currently up for review by the legislature violate the Constitution. However, the Rhode Island General Assembly , under the leadership of Speaker Nicholas Mattiello and Senate President Dominik Ruggerio , appears to be headed towards referring these measures for “further study,” rather than allowing their respective judiciary committees to vote on whether the bills can go to the full floor for the full democratic process of a vote. The contrast between our legislative process and that of New Zealand is both stark and instructive. New Zealand suffered one horrific mass shooting by an individual with an assault weapon. The Parliament in that country promptly voted to ban private ownership of assault weapons by a vote of 119-1. This is not a matter of the United States Constitution or the Rhode Island Constitution , although gun manufacturers and gun advocates have done an excellent job of misleading the rest of us into believing that this is a Second Amendment issue. As a matter of law, NO federal or state court has decided that either constitution creates the right to own an assault weapon, bring a gun onto public school property, or indeed to carry a weapon concealed or openly in public. The United States Supreme Court, […]

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