Portsmouth Democrats support gun safety legislation

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — The Portsmouth, RI Democratic Town Committee, at their monthly meeting on March 1, passed a resolution supporting several bills in the General Assembly that take up aspects of gun safety.

“In the aftermath of the Parkland shooting, people around the country have raised their voices and said ‘Enough,’” said Portsmouth Democratic Town Committee Chairperson Len Katzman. “Our committee joins the thousands of students, parents, law enforcement officials, and other citizens who have demanded action from their legislators.”

The resolution unanimously approved by the Town Committee urges all members of the Rhode Island legislature to support four bills: H7591 (the Safe Schools Act, which restricts concealed carry in K-12 schools); H7688 (the “Red Flag” bill, which provides a due-process mechanism to remove weapons from those who pose a threat to themselves or others); S2493 (which bans assault weapons and high capacity magazines); and S2027 (which bans bump stocks and other rapid-fire mechanisms.)

Portsmouth Rep. Dennis Canario (D-71) is the lead sponsor on H7688 (co-sponsored by House Speaker Nicholas Mattielo), and Sen. Jim Seveney (D-11) is the lead sponsor on S2027.

“We are proud that Portsmouth Democrats are prime sponsors on two of these bills,” said Katzman. “They demonstrate that our values are in line with the vast majority of Americans who, according to recent polling, support stronger gun laws by a more than 2-to-1 margin.”

The Town Committee’s resolution calls on all members of the General Assembly to support these bills.

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