gun control http://ripr.org en Scott MacKay Commentary: Hello To The 2014 General Assembly's 2013 Hangover http://ripr.org/post/scott-mackay-commentary-hello-2014-general-assemblys-2013-hangover <p>Rhode Island’s General Assembly convenes a new session Tuesday. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay explains why this year’s legislature may sound a lot like last year’s.</p><p></p><p></p><p>By now, most of us have cleared our heads of those New Year’s&nbsp; hangovers. That’s not the case for Rhode Island’s 113 lawmakers.</p><p>The 2014 Assembly that convenes tomorrow will resemble nothing so much as the …2013 Assembly. The reason for this is all too evident: &nbsp;As has too often been the case, the Smith Hill Crowd decided not to decide some big, prickly issues last session.</p> Thu, 02 Jan 2014 22:02:53 +0000 Scott MacKay 27130 at http://ripr.org Scott MacKay Commentary: Hello To The 2014 General Assembly's 2013 Hangover Exeter Town Councilors Hold On To Their Seats http://ripr.org/post/exeter-town-councilors-hold-their-seats <p>Four Exeter town councilors have easily survived a recall election spawned by critics of a plan to transfer control of concealed weapons permits from the town&nbsp; to the state.&nbsp; Unlike most towns, Exeter is so small it has no police department and councilors felt the town&nbsp; clerk didn’t have the resources needed to do the job properly. The results of the election plus reaction from both sides.</p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 16 Dec 2013 12:39:11 +0000 Flo Jonic 26336 at http://ripr.org Exeter Town Councilors Hold On To Their Seats 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 Fate Of Exeter Town Council Recall Vote To Be Decided http://ripr.org/post/fate-exeter-town-council-recall-vote-be-decided <p>The Exeter Board of Canvassers will decide this week on a date for a recall election of four of the town’s five councilors.&nbsp; The recall was forced by gun rights advocates who opposed the council’s vote to transfer concealed weapons permits applications from the town clerk to the attorney general’s office.&nbsp; Both sides anticipate an old-fashioned grassroots campaign.</p><p></p><p>Exeter town council president Arlene Hicks says she’ll fight for her job the way she got it in the first place – by knocking on doors and sending out mailers.</p> Mon, 21 Oct 2013 12:33:55 +0000 Flo Jonic 23513 at http://ripr.org What Ever Happened To Gun Control In Rhode Island? http://ripr.org/post/what-ever-happened-gun-control-rhode-island <p>In the aftermath of last year’s Newtown school shootings, Rhode Island politicians leaped on the gun control bandwagon. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay wonders what’s happened since.</p><p></p><p></p><p>After last December’s horrific school massacre in Connecticut, political leaders from the White House to the Rhode Island State House vowed to crack down on gun violence. Gov. Lincoln Chafee, Attorney General Peter Kilmartin, House Speaker Gordon Fox and Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed all advocated measures to advance gun control in our state.</p> Mon, 21 Oct 2013 12:25:22 +0000 Scott MacKay 23512 at http://ripr.org What Ever Happened To Gun Control In Rhode Island? Do RI lawmakers care about gun carnage? http://ripr.org/post/do-ri-lawmakers-care-about-gun-carnage <p>In the aftermath of last year’s Newtown school shootings, Rhode Island politicians leaped on the gun control bandwagon. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay wonders what’s happened since.</p><p>After last December’s horrific school massacre in Connecticut, political leaders from the White House to the Rhode Island State House vowed to crack down on gun violence. Gov. Lincoln Chafee, Attorney General Peter Kilmartin, House Speaker Gordon Fox and Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed all advocated measures to advance gun control in our state.</p> Fri, 18 Oct 2013 20:58:29 +0000 Scott MacKay 23451 at http://ripr.org Recall Vote Sparked By Gun Rights Advocates Likely In Exeter http://ripr.org/post/recall-vote-sparked-gun-rights-advocates-likely-exeter <p>The chairwoman of the Exeter Board of Canvassers said it looks like there are enough petition signatures to warrant recall elections against four of the town&rsquo;s five town councilors.&nbsp; The recall stems from a controversy about who should handle background checks for concealed weapons permits.</p><p>The chair of the&nbsp;Exeter Board of Canvassers said they have enough signatures to justify a recall election against town council president Arlene Hicks and expect to have enough signatures to subject three of her colleagues to recalls as well.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 16 Oct 2013 20:37:37 +0000 Flo Jonic 23319 at http://ripr.org Legislative Gun Safety Task Force to Meet For the First Time http://ripr.org/post/legislative-gun-safety-task-force-meet-first-time <p>A legislative task force on gun safety is slated to hold its first meeting this afternoon Thursday at the Statehouse.</p><p></p><p>Assembling the gun safety task force was one of the few steps taken by the General Assembly in response to the school shooting last year in Newtown, Connecticut. But all the members weren&rsquo;t named until last month, shortly after media reports that the task force hadn&rsquo;t yet met.</p><p></p> Thu, 03 Oct 2013 14:14:06 +0000 Ian Donnis 22640 at http://ripr.org RI Gun Control Task Force Unlikely to Meet January Deadline http://ripr.org/post/ri-gun-control-task-force-unlikely-meet-january-deadline <p>A legislative task force created in the last General Assembly session to examine the intersection of gun violence and mental health issues has yet to meet. Thu, 19 Sep 2013 12:56:02 +0000 Ian Donnis 21912 at http://ripr.org RI Gun Control Task Force Unlikely to Meet January Deadline Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse: Don't Balance Budgets With Cuts to Social Security http://ripr.org/post/sen-sheldon-whitehouse-dont-balance-budgets-cuts-social-security <p>As immigration legislation makes its way through the Senate, Rhode Island Public Radio’s Scott MacKay talks with Senator Sheldon Whitehouse about the immigration bill, and what happened to the gun bill that went down in the Senate.</p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 08 May 2013 12:26:41 +0000 Scott MacKay 14856 at http://ripr.org Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse: Don't Balance Budgets With Cuts to Social Security