Senate Judiciary Committee hears gun control bills

April 3, 2019

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Rhode Island Senate Judiciary Committee has taken its turn hearing a series of gun-related proposals.

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

They received a friendlier reception Tuesday in the Senate compared to earlier House Judiciary Committee hearings, with five of the nine Senate committee members co-sponsors of the assault weapons ban.

High school junior Xavier Copeland listed recent gun massacres during the hearing, saying “we need to stop talking and start taking action.”

Frank Saccoccio, president of the Second Amendment Coalition, criticized the bills. He says they are punitive to “law abiding citizens” and potentially unconstitutional.

No votes on the bills were taken.