Legislative Gun Safety Task Force to Meet For the First Time

Oct 3, 2013

A legislative task force on gun safety is slated to hold its first meeting this afternoon Thursday at the Statehouse.

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’t named until last month, shortly after media reports that the task force hadn’t yet met.

The 20-member panel is made up of lawmakers, law enforcement officials, mental health specialists, and advocates of recreational gun use. The task force says it plans to weigh the rights and risks of those with behavioral health problems to own guns.

The panel also plans to look at whether Rhode Island should contribute mental health and substance abuse information to a national background check system for gun sales.

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