Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Patch sat down with local attorney to evaluate a gun registration bill that would require Rhode Island gun owners to register their weapons with police and pay a $100 registration fee.
Editor’s Note: State Rep Linda Finn (D-Middletown, Portsmouth) introduced legislation (2013-H 5573) in February that would require Rhode Island gun owners to register their weapons with local police or the state police and pay a $100 registration fee. Many Patch readers expressed concerns about the constitutionality of the proposal. We sat down with Newport attorney Kevin Hagan to review the bill from a constitutional perspective, and help sort out fact from fiction. Hagan has taught Law and Society at CCRI in Newport, that includes coursework on the Second Amendment. Patch: Some readers said there was a difference between rights and privileges. For example, one reader said that that owning a car is a privilege, which can be subjected to…
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Smithfield Rep. Brian Newberry said Rhode Island should welcome jobs from gun manufacturers.
House Minority Leader Rep. Brian C. Newberry is urging Connecticut and Maryland-based gun manufacturers to relocate to Rhode Island on the heels of legislation impacting the firearms industry in those states. Newberry told the Providence Journal Tuesday that Rhode Island should welcome firearms manufacturers and the jobs that would accompany a relocation. In a statement on Monday, Newberry urged Colt's Manufacturing, a West Hartford Connecticut firearms manufacturer, to consider the ocean state for its future operations. "Rhode Island, like other states, has significant firearms regulation on its books, but our approach so far has been sensible and responsible, and respectful of the rights of gun owners as well as the community at large…
Sunday, January 13, 2013
All four legislators support stronger federal oversight and a reinstatement of the assault weapons ban.
Sunday, January 13
U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and U.S. Reps. Jim Langevin and David Cicilline today called for action to reduce gun violence and prevent massacres like the mass-shootings at Aurora, Newtown, Oak Creek, Virginia Tech and Tucson. All four members of Rhode Island’s Congressional delegation said at a press conference Friday there is a need for stronger federal gun violence prevention and mental health laws, including reinstating the ban on military-type assault weapons; limiting access to high-capacity ammunition clips; and closing the federal loophole that allows criminals and the mentally ill to buy firearms at gun shows without the same type of background checks required when guns are purchased from a licensed dealer. …