"This should not be the new normal. We need to do something"
said House Speaker Gordon Fox while unveiling local gun control legislation at the
State House on Wednesday.
Local politicians and law enforcement announced sweeping gun
control legislation, a conversation sparked by the tragedy in Newtown and was reaffirmed during Thursday's
gun scare at URI. "Somehow we have to reconcile what the second amendment says
and what's happening on our streets and in our schools" said Governor Lincoln
would ban semi–automatic assault weapons starting in July, increase the penalty
for carrying an illegal firearm and also make it illegal for a minor to carry
or use a gun unless supervised by an adult. "We want to make people safe we
want to keep people safe and we are committed to do something" said Governor
Chafee. There was no shortage of emotion from the audience. "States that have
no gun control have less murders."
The announcement comes just days after Connecticut
passed similar legislation which prompted RI house minority leader Brian
Newberry to extend an invitation to Connecticut
gun manufacturers asking them to open shop in the ocean state.
"Well it's high quality, high paying manufacturing jobs and
that's exactly what this state needs" said Newberry. He believes that stricter
gun laws are not the solution to preventing another Newtown. "This is just people using this
tragedy to push something they've always pushed for before and I find that
The lawmakers proposing the legislation say they don't see a
down side to making Rhode Island
safer and they hope the entire general assembly can agree on that. "So today's
the first step." said Newberry, "we're introducing the legislation. Let the