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Crowds turn out for gun debates in Rhode Island legislature

March 7, 2018

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Advocates on both sides of the issue turned out in droves for a discussion of several gun bills in the Rhode Island legislature.

Hours before House and Senate hearings on Tuesday, thousands of people — some wearing red “Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America” T-shirts, others in yellow “Gun Control Doesn’t Work” shirts from the Second Amendment Coalition — packed the hallways.

State police said 2,200 people went through security scanners. That doesn’t include the crowds that remained outside the building.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairwoman Erin Lynch Prata said it was the most people she had seen turn up for legislative hearings during her tenure.

The legislature is discussing proposals to restrict the sale of high-capacity magazines and ban bump stocks and trigger cranks.

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