NRA lobbyist comes to RI

Feb 27, 2013

The debate over how to respond to gun-related violence is heating up at the Statehouse. A lobbyist for the National Rifle Association is slated to brief state reps Wednesday.

NRA lobbyist Darin Goens will offer a briefing at the request of Woonsocket Representative Lisa Baldelli Hunt. The discussion comes as the Assembly is expected to consider a series of gun-related bills later this session.

One of those bills is already sparking debate. Legislation sponsored by Middletown Rep Linda Finn would require guns to be registered, along with a 100 dollar fee. Gun rights activists call those requirements a violation of the Second Amendment.

Some lawmakers say new measures are needed to avert gun violence after the shooting last year in Newtown, Connecticut. But others say the focus should be on enforcing existing laws.

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