Supporters of failed
proposals to ban semi-automatic weapons in Rhode Island say they'll try again
in the wake of the Washington Navy Yard massacre.
Kim Ziegelmayer is a
member of a group of Rhode Island mothers who unsuccessfully pushed for tougher
gun laws last year, including a proposed ban on semi-automatic weapons. She
says the Washington
shooting shows that gun violence remains an unresolved problem.
But opponents like Rep. Michael Chippendale
note the Navy Yard shootings occurred in a city with some of the nation's
toughest gun laws. He says Rhode
Island should focus instead on keeping guns out of
the hands of violent people with mental illnesses.
A state task force will soon begin working
on the use of mental health records and background checks for prospective gun