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On Tuesday May 9th, 2017, there will be a hearing at the House Judiciary on the following bills! It is crucial that you attend this hearing.

H5510 is called "PROTECT RHODE ISLAND FAMILIES ACT", but is nothing more than a gun confiscation bill. This bill has a lot of traction at the State House and it is crucial that we have a good showing. Domestic Violence is a complicated issue and we are opposed to any form of domestic violence. However, this bill is too broad and can have unintended consequences for non violent offenders. It's also important to understand that this bill is just a small step towards even more restrictions and it is important that we show up and show our opposition to the bill. If you are not willing to testify, please come to the State House and at least sign the signup sheet showing your opposition to the bill.
Please contact the members of the House Judiciary committee about these bills. Personal letters are most effective, but the form letter below is also good so please feel free to use it. The letter will be sent to the House Judiciary committee as well as the Speaker of the House. The bill will be heard in room 101 at the State House. There is no set time, but it typically starts some time after 1630. If you can be there by 1530 that's great since you most likely will get out of there early. However, do not worry if you can not make by then since the hearing will most like go on until midnight (bring some snack and water) and it is better to show up late than never! If you can not testify, please attend anyway and fill in the signup sheet stating your position on the bill (there are check boxes indicating whether you wish to testify or not). There will be a large number of people who will testify so there will be an overflow room with TVs where you can watch it. There is free parking (after 4pm) across the street from the State House next to the other State office (Department of Health). Click here for information on how to testify. If you are handing in your testimony, please make 23 copies for all the committee members.






On Tuesday April 25th, 2017, there will be a hearing at the House Judiciary on the following bills! It is crucial that you attend this hearing.

Please contact the members of the House Judiciary committee about these bills. Personal letters are most effective, but the form letters below are also good so please feel free to use them. The letters (one for Pro bills and one for Con bills) will be sent to the House Judiciary committee as well as the Speaker of the House. The bills will be heard at the House Lounge at the State House. There is no set time, but it typically starts some time after 1630. If you can be there by 1530 that's great since you most likely will get out of there early. However, do not worry if you can not make by then since the hearing will most like go on until midnight (bring some snack and water) and it is better to show up late than never! If you can not testify, please attend anyway and fill in the signup sheet stating your position on the bills (there are check boxes indicating whether you wish to testify or not). There will be a large number of people who will testify so there will be an overflow room with TVs where you can watch it. There is free parking (after 4pm) across the street from the State House next to the other State office (Department of Health). Click here for information on how to testify. If you are handing in your testimony, please make 23 copies for all the committee members.

These bills are Pro gun bills.



These bills are Anti gun bills.

House Bill No. 5067 House Bill No. 5067 BY Amore, Regunberg, Blazejewski, Kazarian, Ajello ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL OFFENSES -- WEAPONS (Prohibits persons convicted of certain offenses involving domestic violence from owning or possessing firearms.)


House Bill No. 5081 House Bill No. 5081 BY Corvese, Phillips, Coughlin, Azzinaro ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO FISH AND WILDLIFE - BIRDS (Legalizes the taking or killing of wild migratory birds by crossbow.)


House Bill No. 5115 BY Ajello, Regunberg, Knight, Blazejewski, Craven ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL OFFENSES -- GENERAL PROVISIONS (Clarifies what constitutes a felony, misdemeanor, and petty misdemeanor and also amends the penalties for certain criminal offenses involving assault and larceny, based on the value of property stolen.)


House Bill No. 5154 BY Vella-Wilkinson, Casey, Johnston, Lima, Cunha ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINALS - CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTIONS (Provides that no person convicted of a crime in which a fire arm was used to commit the offense shall be eligible for parole.)


House Bill No. 5155 BY Regunberg, Kazarian, Donovan, Ranglin-Vassell, Knight ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL OFFENSES - WEAPONS (Criminalizes the manufacture, import, possession, purchase, sale or transfer of any ammunition feeding device capable of accepting more than ten (10) rounds.)


House Bill No. 5156 BY Lima, Fellela, Marshall, Roberts ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL OFFENSES - WEAPONS - STUN-GUNS (Permits the possession of a stun-gun under the same license conditions which apply to possession of a pistol.)


House Bill No. 5248 BY Fellela, Lima, Costantino, Corvese, Serpa ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION - SALES AND USE TAXES - LIABILITY AND COMPUTATION (Exempts containers and storage devices designed for safe storage of guns from sale and use tax.)


House Bill No. 5262 (Attorney General) BY Diaz, Slater, Williams, Maldonado ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL OFFENSES - WEAPONS (Makes it unlawful to carry a rifle or shotgun in a vehicle, except under limited circumstances and enhances the penalty to anyone who transfers a firearm as a minor which is then used in a crime of violence.)


House Bill No. 5263 (Attorney General) BY Diaz, Slater, Williams, Maldonado ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL OFFENSES - WEAPONS (Amends the statute for possession of firearms by minors.)


House Bill No. 5345 BY Kazarian, Ajello, Blazejewski, Tanzi, Hull ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL OFFENSES - WEAPONS (Provides that only peace officers and persons approved by the school authorities for the purposes of educational instruction may carry firearms or other weapons on school grounds.)


House Bill No. 5437 (Attorney General) BY Maldonado, Coughlin, Kazarian, Cunha, Barros ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL OFFENSES -- WEAPONS (Defines imitation firearm and makes it unlawful to change or remove certain markings required to be on an imitation firearm.)


House Bill No. 5510 BY Tanzi, Amore, Fogarty, Ruggiero, Maldonado ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO COURTS AND CIVIL PROCEDURE--COURTS -- DOMESTIC ASSAULT - PROTECT RHODE ISLAND FAMILIES ACT (Limits access to firearms when an individual is under certain types of domestic restraining orders or protective orders issued or renewed on or after July 1, 2017.)


House Bill No. 5546 BY Casey, Filippi, Lima, Craven, Keable ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT - DEPARTMENT OF ATTORNEY GENERAL - GUN CRIMES REPORT (Directs the attorney general to report annually to the general assembly on the incidence and disposition of crimes involving guns.)


House Bill No. 5547 BY Williams, Diaz, Perez, Handy ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL OFFENSES -- POSSESSION OF FIREARMS BY MINORS (Requires all minors in possession of a firearm, with or without a permit, be in the presence of a parent or guardian or supervising adult at all times.)


House Bill No. 5554 (Attorney General) BY Johnston ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL OFFENSES -WEAPONS (Provides that no person shall knowingly purchase or otherwise obtain a firearm on behalf of or transfer to a person who the transferor knows or reasonably should know is prohibited from possessing or receiving a firearm under federal or state law.)


House Bill No. 5608 (Dept. of Environmental Management) BY Bennett, Kazarian, Hull, Lombardi, Amore ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO FISH AND WILDLIFE - HUNTING AND HUNTING SAFETY (Requires any person who sustains an injury to themselves or causes an injury to another while hunting or trapping to report the injury to the department of environmental management immediately.)


House Bill No. 5729 BY Perez ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL OFFENSES - WEAPONS (Allows those persons with concealed carry permits issued by other states to carry upon their person weapons in Rhode Island provided that the issuing state recognizes and gives reciprocity to RI permit holders.)


House Bill No. 5730 (Attorney General) BY Slater, Hearn, Kazarian, Diaz ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL OFFENSES - WEAPONS (Requires applicants for a license or carry permit for firearms to undergo a national BCI.)


House Bill No. 5866 BY McKiernan, Perez, O'Brien, Almeida, Williams ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL OFFENSES-WEAPONS (Makes alteration of firearm identification marks punishable by not less than two (2) years imprisonment and by no more than five (5) years imprisonment.)


House Bill No. 6039 BY Edwards, Chippendale, Canario, Fellela, Lima ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL OFFENSES -- WEAPONS (Sets forth the application requirements for concealed carry permits for firearms, provides an appellate procedure if the application is denied and makes those records exempt from the Access to Public Records Act.)


House Bill No. 6040 BY Edwards, Chippendale, Canario, Fellela, Lima ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL OFFENSES -- WEAPONS (Authorizes the attorney general to enter into agreements with other states and counties from other states to recognize and give reciprocity to concealed weapon permit holders allowing them to carry concealed weapons in this state.)