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Providence wants to regulate firearms, so the state needs to repeal preemption

March 5, 2018

Up Rise RI,

Steve Ahlquist,

February 27, 2018-

Providence City Council President David Salvatore and the crest of the city council today announced their intention to request legislation that would enable Rhode Island municipalities to regulate firearms. The proposed legislation would remove section 11-47-58 – The Firearms States Preemption clause – of Rhode Island’s Criminal Offense Code. Its removal would enable municipalities like Providence to enact regulations around firearms and their components. The law preempting local municipalities from regulating firearms was passed in 1986.

“It is a very sad day in our nation when our children are so fearful for their safety that they feel they need to march on their United States and state capitols,” said Salvatore. “Our children have become the voices of reason in the debate over gun control, and they have every right to be outraged over the senseless deaths of their friends and peers. I stand with our youth in this fight for justice. Enough is enough.

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