RI lawmakers revisit push for assault weapon ban
Feb. 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.
Information from: The Providence Journal, http://www.providencejournal.com