Las Vegas shooting survivor speaks on gun control bills

March 20, 2019

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A survivor of the 2017 mass shooting at a Las Vegas concert has spoken in support of a series of gun bills facing Rhode Island lawmakers.

The Providence Journal reports that Erica Keuter described the chaos of the shooting during an hours-long hearing at the State House on Tuesday.

She says her experience shows that gun violence can happen “anywhere, anytime, to anyone.”

The bills would ban the sale and possession of assault weapons and high-capacity magazines and impose a penalty for the unsafe storage of firearms.

Democratic state Rep. Justine Caldwell, who introduced the measures, says both the state and the nation are “suffering a crisis of gun violence.”

Fellow Democratic state Rep. James McLaughlin says he opposes both the assault weapons and magazine bans, citing Second Amendment rights.