RI lawmakers reach deal on slate of gun controls

RI lawmakers reach deal on slate of gun controls

PROVIDENCE — House and Senate leaders have reached an agreement that paves the way for action Monday on a package of long-sought gun-control bills. The package posted Friday night for House and Senate Judiciary Committee votes includes the latest version of bills to: ◘ Outlaw the "straw purchase" of guns by intermediaries for people ineligible to buy them on their own. ◘ Impose a school-grounds gun ban. ◘ Offer a financial incentive for gun owners to place their firearms in a locked gun safe when not in use, in the form of a tax credit. ◘ Require the reporting — sought by gun-rights advocates — of the total number of firearms cases moving through the R.I. courts, and their disposition. Gun-control advocates had gathered outside the House chamber earlier in the day, carrying signs and chanting "Time for a vote." The negotiations were already underway out of sight. The straw purchase ban was one of Attorney General Peter Neronha’s top priorities. In a straw purchase, an individual buys a gun on behalf of another in order to evade federal and state background checks, which are designed to keep firearms out of the hands of criminals who are precluded by law from buying them themselves. In February, Neronha announced the indictment of four Providence men in connection with an alleged straw-purchasing scheme to sell 89 illegal handguns in Rhode Island between June 2019 and August 2020. At a recent news conference, Neronha also underscored "the real impact and danger of […]

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