So far this session there have been a couple bills introduced the Rhode Island House of Representatives that could have effects on gun owners’ rights.
A bill, H5208 introduced to the House Judiciary committee by Representatives Diaz, Slater, Ajello, Cimini, and Valencia. The bill would edit current law to make it a crime for minors to simply possess a firearm, rather than to possess and use a firearm without supervision. Liberals are concerned about growing interest by kids in learning to shoot and hunt. Their fear can be felt in The New York Times recent article titled Selling a New Generation on Guns which outlined efforts to introduced children to shooting sports. H5208 will turn law-abiding children into lawbreakers. Here’s the link to the Judiciary Committee. Start writing your letters opposing H5208 today.
Update: This article originally included a paragraph that incorrectly interpreted H5192. I’d like to thank Rep. Mike Chippendale for clearing that up in the comments section. I’d also like to thank him for all the hard work he does in the State House on the behalf of Rhode Islanders, and for taking the time to straighten me out!