Westerly councilors take stand against proposed state gun legislation

Westerly councilors take stand against proposed state gun legislation

WESTERLY — Members of the Town Council say several proposed gun control bills before the state General Assembly amount to attacks on the Second Amendment. One of the bills seeks to prohibit possession of firearms on school grounds except for police officers, retired law enforcement officers, people under contract to provide security services and unloaded firearms in locked containers in cars. Other bills would place a ban on magazines holding 10 or more rounds, ban the sale or possession of assault rifles and require firearms to be stored in locked containers. In all, the council on Monday took a stand on seven bills. Another of the bills would repeal the authority of local authorities to issue concealed-carry permits and repeal provisions allowing minors to carry firearms, as well as require national background checks for permits. Retired police officers who can currently obtain firearms permits from the state Attorney General’s Office would be required to go through the regular permit process required of other state residents if another of the bills is adopted as state law. One of the bills seeks to prohibit the transfer of firearms to people who are legally prohibited from possessing firearms. At least six members of the seven-member council voted to approve a local resolution declaring that several of the bills "potentially abridge our Second Amendment rights. We find and declare that these gun-restriction bills, if enacted by the state General Assembly, infringe upon the rights of the people of the town of Westerly and […]

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