NEARI supports the Rhode Island Coalition Against Gun Violence (RICAGV) 2018 legislative agenda. We do not support arming classroom teachers.
SAFE SCHOOLS ACT
Restrict Concealed Carry in Rhode Island K-12 Schools
H7591 [Kazarian, Ajello, Fogerty, Knight, Hearn] S2289 [Metts, Goldin, Quezada, Crowley, Calkin]
We support restricting concealed carry in RI K-12 schools to trained peace officers. Current law allows undisclosed CCP holders to carry weapons on school property without knowledge or consent of administration or members of the public. This allows guns to be carried on school property, buses, sporting events, teacher conferences, etc.
RI ASSAULT WEAPON BAN of 2018
H7766 [Knight, Ajello, Tanzi, Blazejewski, Diaz] S2493 [Miller, Goodwin, Lynch Prata, Coyne, Conley]
A bill to ban the sale, transfer, manufacture and importation of military style weapons and high capacity magazines. Rhode Island should follow neighbors, Massachusetts and Connecticut (and 8 other states) to ban weapons of war for civilian use. This will not stop every mass shooting, but it will remove these
dangerous weapons and start to reduce the supply in our state.
BAN HIGH-CAPACITY MAGAZINES OVER TEN ROUNDS
H7645 [Regunberg, Knight, Donovan, Ranglin-Vassell, Kazarian] S2319 [Goldin, Coyne, Euer, Miller, Goodwin]
Those looking to inflict mass casualties favor weapons with high capacity magazines. Allowing magazines of up to 100 rounds increases the threat to our law enforcement. In the Sutherland Springs shooting, 26 were killed using an assault rifle, the dead ranged from 17 months to 77 years. When so many rounds are fired so quickly no one is spared with these weapons of war using high capacity magazines. Currently, Rhode Island limits magazine capacity for hunting to 5 rounds for deer and 3 rounds for duck hunting.