Rhode Island House approves two gun control bills
By Chris Eger
Dems in the Rhode Island House of Representatives gave fast approval to a pair of gun control bills this week. (Photo: RI House)
Measures banning bump stocks and allowing for gun seizures in some cases sailed passed lawmakers in Providence on Thursday.
The proposals, introduced in the wake of mass shootings which galvanized support, would outlaw bump stocks and institute a so-called “red flag” law. Each bill passed with more than 60 votes in the overwhelmingly Democrat-controlled 75-seat chamber and now proceed to the Senate.
The bump stock prohibition, H 7075, would ban all types of sliding buttstocks that harness a gun’s recoil to “rapidly fire the weapon” as well as any binary trigger or crank. Those who modify a semi-automatic firearm in the state with any of the defined devices could face as much as 10 years in prison as well as establish penalties for simple possession.
“Currently there is some ambiguity to whether or not applying a bump stock to one’s weapon is legal in Rhode Island, but it is still legal to purchase one,” said state Rep. Robert E. Craven, D-North Kingstown, sponsor of the measure. “This bill will end that practice, making the sale and possession of bump stocks, even