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RI lawmakers revisit push for assault weapon ban

February 16, 2018

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Lawmakers in Rhode Island are renewing their push to pass an assault weapon ban.

The Providence Journal reports Democratic Sen. Gayle Goldin re-introduced a bill Thursday that would prohibit high-capacity magazines. Democratic Sen. Joshua Miller and Democratic Rep. Jason Knight hope to introduce bills when the General Assembly returns from a break.

Gun control advocates have tried to pass a state ban since a federal assault rifle ban expired in 2004. Opponents have repeatedly blocked the campaigns with the exception of a law passed last year that disarms domestic abusers.

The National Education Association Rhode Island teachers union has come out in support of the proposed high-capacity magazine ban.

Both House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello and Senate President Dominick Ruggerio didn’t offer a position on an assault weapon ban Thursday.

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Information from: The Providence Journal, http://www.providencejournal.com

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