Senate OKs gun ban on school grounds

Senate OKs gun ban on school grounds

Advocates on both sides of the gun-control debate had something to celebrate and complain about Wednesday when lawmakers passed three firearms-related bills. The bills would ban guns on school grounds, prohibit "straw purchases" of guns and have the attorney general create an annual report on all gun charges. They passed the Senate and House Wednesday, but will need another round of votes Thursday to get to Gov. Dan McKee’s desk. Second Amendment advocates decried the school-grounds ban — including firearms belonging to concealed-carry permit holders — as a "solution looking for a problem." "Do we have a problem with concealed-carry holders anywhere creating problems in the schools? We don’t," said Sen. Gordon Rogers, R-Foster. "Not one example. We are legislating something to fix a problem that doesn’t exist." He laid out the scenario facing a concealed-carry holder parent going to pick up a child at school. To follow the law, they would have to take their handgun out of its holster in public, possibly on a busy street, unload it and lock it away in their car before going onto school grounds, he said. If someone sees them, they might call the police "and the school goes into lockdown." Sen. Elaine Morgan, R-Hopkinton, described another scenario where a victim of abuse was carrying a pistol for protection and their former spouse used the moment they disarmed at school pickup to launch an attack. But Senate President Dominick Ruggerio, sponsor of the bill, said statistics showed a gun is discharged […]

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