If you read the RI Gun Blog Facebook page, you know I went to the State House today to observe the governor, attorney general, Senate president and House speaker, among others, propose to take away our Second Amendment rights. When I arrived, I found a short line in front of room 313 where the press conference was being held, and soon the short line became a long line. In the end only credentialed media were allowed in. The many patriots and gun control advocates that showed up were ushered down to the Bell Room, which is essentially the lobby of the State House. There we were put in front of what appeared to be a circa 1995 21 inch television with the volume output of a field mouse. It was an insult to the taxpayers to not allow them into the room. The conference should have been moved to the chamber to accomodate the crowd.
Aside from the horrendous treatment we received outside the room, we were getting hit even harder inside. Here’s what the politicians proposed:
1) An assault weapons ban. The bill bans “semi-automatic assault weapons” manufactured after July 1.
2) Magazine ban: All forms of “high capacity” magazines, clips, belt feeds, drums and otherwise are banned. No definition for “high capacity” is mentioned. (does not apply to “enclosed tubular device capable of operating only with .22 caliber rimfire ammunition.”
3) Increases Penalties for Firearms violations: Bill seeks to increase the maximum penalty from 10 to 15 years for a first firearms offense. It also aims to make possessing a stolen firearm punishable by a minimum of 3 years in prison.
4) Mental health: Will add Rhode Island’s support the NICS. Will also create a task force to study how other states have implemented the full NICS.
5) Relief for Disqualifiers Board: This is a proposal to create a board where appeals can be made for those who were denied a firearm based on mental health or substance abuse issues.
6) Firearms Task Force: This will essentially be a group of folks who look for further ways to restrict our rights.
7) Background Checks for Concealed Carry: Proposes that all concealed carry permit applications be processed by the Attorney General “as requested by local law enforcement officials.”
8) Weapons Law: This one is from AG Kilmartin. The AG proposes that anyone convicted of a misdemeanor domestic violence offense be barred from purchasing, owning, carrying, transporting, or possessing a firearms, and increases the punishment for such an offense. Increases penalties for firearms thieves. Seeks to make sellers liable for guns that are used in crimes if they sell guns to minors. (Does not say whether or not the minor must be the one who committed the crime). Adds more wording to the existing straw purchases law, doesn’t say what.
9) Possession of Firearms by Minors: Seeks to make possession of firearms by minors illegal, unless they are involved in a competition, hunting or are accompanied by a parent or qualified adult over 21 who is licensed to possess and use the firearm (not sure what they mean by licensed, I assume pistols, but maybe they have more plans for long guns).
10) Makes it illegal to manufacture, sell, purchase or possess a firearm without a serial number. (Does not apply to antiques).
What’s not in the proposals:
I don’t see anything here about registration or needing a license to buy ammo or background checks for ammo purchases.
This is not over. That was said many times today by the politicians introducing the legislation. They want more. This is just the first salvo.
Below is what video I have found so far. Ed Doyle of I Want My Ed TV is going to supply us with the whole video tonight (I think). Thanks to Ed for that.
Thanks to all of you who went today. There were a good number of patriots there for a weekday afternoon. It’s unfortunate that “our house” was basically closed to us.