RI Senate hears 300+ Rhode Islanders testify on gun control bills

RI Senate hears 300+ Rhode Islanders testify on gun control bills

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — The Rhode Island Senate Judiciary Committee is looking at several gun control proposals Monday. This comes less than one week after President Joe Biden announced executive orders restricting gun laws nationwide. The committee said they expect the hearing to go well into the night, with more than 300 witnesses testifying on 21 bills regarding gun safety. Diana Garlington, who lost her daughter to gun violence in 2011, is testifying in hopes of expanding background checks and banning straw purchases. “I know that these laws will save lives,” Garlington said. “Without these background checks, we’ve seen these violent acts have risen.” Other bills include broadening the definition of firearms to include stun guns and tasters, a ban on magazines holding ten or more rounds, and a ban on the sale or possession of what are considered assault rifles. Garlington said she’s not against anyone who legally owns a firearm, but she sees no need for assault rifles or a high magazine capacity. “Those type of weapons with that many rounds is totally unnecessary,” she said. “They do nothing but cause destruction.” Brenda Jacob with the Civilian Marksmanship Program said the wording in the assault rifle bill is deceitful. “When you start reading the actual definitions, anything with a dropping floor plate, anything with a threaded barrel, anything that can hold a bayonet,” Jacob said. “People don’t realize that’s not just banning assault weapons, that’s banning all firearms.” “With the language of that bill it actually bans […]

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