PROVIDENCE — The Rhode Island Police Chiefs’ Association, representing all of the police chiefs in Rhode Island, shares its full support of the three gun reform bills that will be voted on in the Rhode Island House on Friday.
“The proposed changes outlined in these bills are altogether supported by the Rhode Island Police Chiefs’ Association and are courses of action that we believe can help to protect our communities,” said Sidney M. Wordell, RIPCA Executive Director. “Like the Red Flag law and ban on bump stocks passed in recent years, these bills are centered on preserving public safety by building on many of the laws that are already in place.”
House Bill No. 7457 would raise the legal age to purchase any firearm or ammunition from 18 to 21. Those under 21 would still be able to possess and use a firearm in the presence of a supervising parent or guardian and when lawfully participating in activities such as hunting. Current law already requires those who purchase revolvers or pistols to be 21 or older.
House Bill No. 7358 would make it unlawful to possess a loaded shotgun or rifle on a public way, to include highways, roadways and trails. Certain exceptions will apply for lawful hunting activity. Current Rhode Island laws do not allow for concealed or open carry of handguns without the proper license, but does not address the carrying of loaded long guns such as shotguns or rifles.
House Bill No. 6614 would ban the possession of semi-automatic firearm magazines containing more than 10 rounds of ammunition.
“As public safety officials, we are committed to safeguarding everyone’s rights while also supporting the need for change that can help alleviate the preventable gun violence that devastates families and communities,” said RIPCA President and Narragansett Chief of Police Sean Corrigan. “The proposed legislation outlines common sense, reasonable measures that enhance the existing gun laws in Rhode Island and help ensure the safety and wellbeing of all of our residents.”