A couple bills related to firearms were introduced in the Rhode Island General Assembly so far this week.
The first is H5279. If passed, the bill would require campus police to carry firearms if they have “successfully completed the Rhode Island municipal police training academy or its equivalent and a firearms training program as required under section 11-47-15.1.” This would seem like a no-brainer. If anybody knows why they aren’t already carrying guns if they have passed the training program, please let me know in the comments section.
The second bill is H5290. If passed, the bill will authorize the assembling of a commission to study why Rhode Island doesn’t send information to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). The commission would be bipartisan (more than likely 3 to 2 Democrat to Republican given the rules laid out in the bill), and made up of Representatives from the General Assembly. The commission would produce a report on its findings by January 30, 2014. This seems like a pretty neutral bill.
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