guns http://ripr.org en Bonus Q&A: Marcello on Ethics, Mattiello's Speakership, Guns & More http://ripr.org/post/bonus-qa-marcello-ethics-mattiellos-speakership-guns-more <p>State Representative Michael Marcello (D-Scituate) joins Bonus Q+A to talk about his fight for the speakership with Nicholas Mattiello and a host of other issues, including guns, ethics, the budget outlook, and more.</p><p></p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 08:00:00 +0000 Ian Donnis 31871 at http://ripr.org Task Force: Send Limited Mental Health Records To Gun Database http://ripr.org/post/task-force-send-limited-mental-health-records-gun-database <p>A state task force is calling for a change in Rhode Island law, saying the state should contribute mental health records to a national background check database called NICS. The firearms safety task force says Rhode Island should provide records only in limited cases in which a person is involuntarily committed by the courts and poses a significant risk of violence.</p><p>Records would not be submitted for people determined to pose only a low risk of violence. And the task force says the state should avoid providing any specific information about a patient's diagnosis.</p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 15:58:18 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 29683 at http://ripr.org Political Roundtable: Ruggiero on Gun Legislation, Skills Gap & The Race for Governor http://ripr.org/post/political-roundtable-ruggiero-gun-legislation-skills-gap-race-governor <p></p><p>State Representative Deborah Ruggiero (D-Jamestown) joins Political Roundtable this week to talk about a legislative panel looking at the link between mental health and firearms; a new state Senate report on the addressing the skills gap; and developments in the race for governor.</p><p></p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Ian Donnis 28045 at http://ripr.org Political Roundtable: Ruggiero on Gun Legislation, Skills Gap & The Race for Governor TGIF: 15 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics + Media http://ripr.org/post/tgif-15-things-know-about-rhode-island-politics-media-1 <p>The year ended as 2013 began: with Rhode Island's political/media class fixated on the looming race for governor in 2014. At least we're a bit closer now. With that in mind, welcome back to my weekly column. Your tips and thoughts are always welcome at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org, and your cordially invited to follow me <a href="https://twitter.com/IanDon">on the twitters</a>. Let's get to it.</p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 21:48:38 +0000 Ian Donnis 26598 at http://ripr.org Political Roundtable: de Ramel on Running for Sec. of State, the Governor's Race + Exeter Recall http://ripr.org/post/political-roundtable-de-ramel-running-sec-state-governors-race-exeter-recall <p></p><p>Democratic Secretary of State candidate Guillaume de Ramel joins us on Political Roundtable this week to discuss his campaign; Gina Raimondo's entry in the race for governor; and possible fallout from the recall election defeated in Exeter.</p><p></p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 09:00:00 +0000 Ian Donnis 26546 at http://ripr.org Political Roundtable: de Ramel on Running for Sec. of State, the Governor's Race + Exeter Recall TGIF: 13 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics + Media http://ripr.org/post/tgif-13-things-know-about-rhode-island-politics-media <p>Get ready for the first serious snow of the year, and a storm of a different sorts in Exeter. Welcome back to my weekly column. As always, feel free to drop me a line at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org and to<a href="https://twitter.com/IanDon"> follow me on the twitters.</a> Let's get to it.</p> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 21:51:07 +0000 Ian Donnis 26227 at http://ripr.org What's At Stake In Exeter's Recall Election http://ripr.org/post/whats-stake-exeters-recall-election <p>Voters head to the polls in Exeter on Saturday for a recall election that could send a majority of the town council packing.&nbsp;</p><p>The recall was sparked by a dispute over gun permits.&nbsp; It started after four out of five town councilors supported a move to put permits for concealed weapons in the hands of the attorney general instead of the town clerk.</p><p>Rhode Island Public Radio's Elisabeth Harrison sat down with political analyst Scott MacKay to find out what's at stake in this unusual election.</p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 12 Dec 2013 14:02:49 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison & Scott MacKay 26159 at http://ripr.org What's At Stake In Exeter's Recall Election Exeter Recall Highlights Opposition to Changing RI Gun Laws http://ripr.org/post/exeter-recall-highlights-opposition-changing-ri-gun-laws <p></p><p>Voters in Exeter will go to the polls this Saturday to decide whether to keep or kick out four of the five members on the town council. The recall election was sparked by a request from four councilors who voted to ask the General Assembly to change how gun permits are issued in Exeter. Although the legislature never took up the request, advocates for gun rights responded by organizing the recall. The fight in Exeter shows how attempts to change local gun laws face sharp opposition.</p><p></p> Tue, 10 Dec 2013 09:00:00 +0000 Ian Donnis 25999 at http://ripr.org Exeter Recall Highlights Opposition to Changing RI Gun Laws Task Force Hears Public on Guns, Mental Health http://ripr.org/post/task-force-hears-public-guns-mental-health <p>A joint task force is hearing public testimony this afternoon on Rhode Island's compliance - or lack there-of- with the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). That's one of three national databases gun sellers are supposed to check before they sell you a gun, and it's the one that contains records of involuntary commitment, substance abuse, and other mental health data. The other databases contain criminal records. Rhode Island does not submit mental health records to NICS, and it's trying to figure out whether it can and should.</p> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 21:19:59 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 25176 at http://ripr.org Political Roundtable: Kilmartin on Exeter, Gun Legislation + Free Speech at Brown http://ripr.org/post/political-roundtable-kilmartin-exeter-gun-legislation-free-speech-brown <p></p><p>Attorney General Peter Kilmartin joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss the race for governor; the fate of gun-related legislation in the General Assembly; the cancaled appearance at Brown University involving New York City police commissioner Raymond Kelly, and other issues.</p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 01 Nov 2013 08:00:00 +0000 Ian Donnis 24088 at http://ripr.org Political Roundtable: Kilmartin on Exeter, Gun Legislation + Free Speech at Brown