Lawmakers renew push for gun control after school massacre

February 27, 2018

PROVIDENCE, RI (AP) — Rhode Island lawmakers are proposing new gun restrictions in the wake of the most recent deadly school shooting.

Democratic state Sen. Joshua Miller and Rep. Jason Knight introduced legislation Tuesday banning weapons like the one used in the Feb. 14 shooting that killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida and other mass killings in recent years.

Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo, students and others voiced their support for the measure at a Statehouse rally Tuesday.

Democratic Reps. Teresa Tanzi and Kenneth Marshall also filed separate bills Tuesday raising the legal age to purchase firearms from 18 to 21.

Rhode Island already prohibits the sale of pistols and revolvers to anyone under 21, but people over 18 can purchase rifles, shotguns, and semi-automatic weapons like an AR-15.

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