Senate Judiciary Committee hears gun-related bills

Senate Judiciary Committee hears gun-related bills

Gun Rights

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Wearing a sea of yellow shirts, a crowd of Second Amendment supporters gathered at the Rhode Island State House Tuesday night to speak out against several gun-related bills being discussed by the Senate Judiciary Committee. One bill discussed would ban the possession or sale of assault weapons. Another bill would ban any firearms from being within 300 feet of school grounds, with the exception of police officers and security personnel. The committee also discussed a bill that would enhance penalties for failure to report lost or stolen firearms to police. No votes were taken Tuesday night on the bills. Also attending the hearings were members of the group "Mothers Demand Action," wearing red shirts. They are calling for changes to gun laws in the wake of several mass shootings in recent years. Those wearing the red shirts were greatly outnumbered by those in yellow shirts, who support the rights of gun owners.

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