Providence mayoral candidate Brett Smiley unveiled a plan Thursday to improve public safety in the capital city.
Smiley wants to use a proposed 10 percent surcharge on gun and ammunition sales to bolster nonviolence programs. He said the legislature can be encouraged to pass that surcharge even though the General Assembly has been reluctant to pass new gun measures.
“I know that a majority of Rhode Islanders will support this proposal and it’s just a matter of organizing them to take action to notify their reps and senators that this is something they should be on the right side of,” said Smiley.
Smiley, a Democrat, unveiled his public safety plan during a news conference in the city’s Silver Lake section. He says he’d pay for an increased police presence by cutting overtime costs and attracting outside grants.
The other candidates for mayor next year include Democrats Michael Solomon, Jorge Elorza, and Lorne Adrain and Republican Daniel Harrop.
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