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By PBN Staff
PROVIDENCE – State lawmakers, Gov. Lincoln D. Chafee and Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin have unveiled a nine-bill plan to help “improve gun safety and strengthen existing laws dealing with firearm violations.”
The bills, which were unveiled at a press conference Tuesday afternoon, propose bans on assault weapons and high capacity magazines, and the institution of background and mental health checks. The bills will be introduced in either one or both of the state’s legislative chambers.
“The tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School sounded a wake-up call for all of us,” Speaker of the House Gordon D. Fox said in prepared remarks. “For the last several months, we have been reviewing our firearms laws and our mental health procedures,” said Fox. “The package will give law enforcement the tools they need to address gun-related criminal activity and better identify individuals who are a danger to themselves or others.”
The nine bills that are part of the package are as follows: