Rhode Island Senate advances bump stock ban, gun seizure bill
By Chris Eger
Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo, seen here addressing a group of gun control advocates at the State House in March, could soon have a couple of new firearm bills on her desk. (Photo: RI Governor’s Office)
Lawmakers in Rhode Island’s Democrat-controlled Senate panel on Thursday unanimously voted to move a pair of gun control bills to the floor where they could be voted on as soon as next week.
The measures — S.2292, to outlaw various bump stock devices and S.2492, to establish a mechanism to take guns from those thought to be at risk to themselves or others — were advanced by the Rhode Island Senate Judiciary Committee this week. Companion bills overwhelmingly passed the state House last month despite significant grassroots opposition.
“While federal law bans fully automatic weapons manufactured after May 19, 1986,” said S.2292’s sponsor, state Sen. James Seveney, D-Portsmouth, “the bump stock does not technically make the weapon a fully automatic firearm, even though it allows a weapon to fire at nearly the rate of a machine gun. This law would effectively ban these horrific devices in Rhode Island.”
Seveney’s proposal would place a prohibition on all types of sliding buttstocks that harness a gun’s recoil to “rapidly fire