Since I started this blog and the associated Facebook page, the number 1 question I get asked is “How can I help?” I haven’t always supplied great answers to that question, but right now I know exactly what we need to do, and what you can do to help. We need to reload. The next legislative session will start soon and our sources say it’s going to be a doozy. It’s time to Reload RI.
This is going to be a multipart series of suggestions for you on how to better prepare to fight the next battle. The other thing I always hear from people “Why don’t we go on the offense?” Well, this is how you do it, it’s up to you to get it done.
Our opposition is organizing. They have recently formed a new group aimed at restricting our rights named Rhode Island Coalition Against Gun Violence. Don’t let them gain momentum, we need your best efforts now.
Reload RI Part I: Put Up and Join Up
One of the best ways you can help is to join and fund the many great organizations fighting for your rights here in Rhode Island.
First the Federated Sportsmens’ Clubs of Rhode Island. This is RI’s oldest organization fighting for your rights and represents 20 sportsmens’ clubs from around the state. But when they’re at the State House they are defending all of us. If you’re a hunter or angler, this group is especially important to protecting your sport. Federated is fighting for your Second Amendment rights. You can become an associate member of FRISC for $15 by filling out this form and sending it to the address at the bottom of second page. If you belong to a club and it’s not on the list of member clubs here, ask your club’s board why not and push them to join.
The Rhode Island State Rifle and Revolver Association is the Ocean State’s NRA affiliate and has been fighting for decades for your rights. You can join the RISRRA for a low yearly fee and help fund the defense of your rights. For $25 you can get an annual membership, which includes a subscription to the Outdoor Message magazine. You can join by filling out this form and sending it in with your payment.
The Citizens’ Rights Action League is another great organization fighting for your rights here in RI. You can join for free here, and to help them out they also take donations. If you were at the hearings or watched them on TV, you surely saw CRAL leader David Kenik’s fantastic video breakdown on “assault weapons” cosmetic features.
Rhode Island Firearm Owners’ League doesn’t have formal membership, but you can donate here. RIFOL has been very active in the fight to protect Rhode Islanders’ rights to concealed carry at the town level.
The Rhode Island Second Amendment Coalition was formed this year to fight against the onslaught of bad bills we faced during the legislative session. RI2nd organized rallies, and worked very hard to get the message out about bills and hearings. You can find information on donations here.