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In an overwhelming majority, the Rhode Island Senate passed two bills aimed at curbing gun violence in Rhode Island.

One bill would allow for the court-ordered seizure of firearms from individuals deemed dangerous, also known as a red flag policy. The other bans modifications to guns, allowing them to shoot off bullets at a higher rate.

Jennifer Boylan regularly advocates for gun control at the Statehouse as a volunteer with Moms Demand Action. She hopes the General Assembly will move forward on other gun control measures.

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Jeb Bush, the former Governor of Florida and presidential hopeful was in the Ocean State Wednesday. 

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Lawmakers heard testimony Tuesday on 18 gun-control measures. Critics and gun control advocates thronged the Statehouse in the hours before the House Judiciary Committee took up bills, aimed at reducing access to firearms

Dozens of gun-rights activists filled the Statehouse halls in yellow t-shirts bearing the slogan “gun control doesn’t work.” Most had similar concerns, saying the measures would infringe on the rights of law-abiding gun owners.

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Thousands of people thronged the lawn of the Rhode Island Statehouse in Providence Saturday afternoon. They came together as hundreds of thousands of demonstrators gathered nationwide and around the world for March For Our Lives protests held to demand action to stop school shootings and gun violence in general. 

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More than three weeks after a school shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, left 17 people dead, students are demanding that Congress pass tougher gun laws, but so far U.S. lawmakers have failed to act.

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After the Parkland school shooting, many people are wondering whether elected officials will take action on gun control. A small group of Democratic Governors say they have a plan to do just that, even if there is no movement on the issue in Congress.

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Is there any hope for common ground in the polarized debate over gun violence in America? That’s one of the questions many people are asking in the aftermath of mass shootings at a Texas church and a country music festival in Las Vegas.

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On Tuesday, lawyers representing the families of several victims of the 2012 Newtown school shooting will ask Connecticut’s Supreme Court for a chance to sue Remington, the company that makes the Bushmaster AR-15 rifle used in the shooting. A lower court judge had ruled that a federal law protects the gun manufacturer from being sued. 

The families’ lawyers argue that this case falls under an exception in that law. It’s called negligent entrustment. That’s if a gun manufacturer foresaw that an injury could happen with its product, then the manufacturer could be liable.

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Rhode Island's new gun laws aim to prevent shootings by domestic abusers like the gunman in Texas’s church massacre.

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The mass shooting last week at a country music festival in Las Vegas has renewed conversation about gun control. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says its way past time to get tougher on this issue. 

From sea to shining sea, it’s become a sad ritual: Another murderous shooting with military-style rifles, this time amid the glitz of Vegas. 

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Advocates for stricter gun laws are scheduled to gather at the Statehouse Tuesday.

The event, organized by the Rhode Island Coalition Against Gun Violence, is part of a push for the passage of several bills, including a prohibition on guns in schools.  

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In the wake of recent mass and police shootings, Rhode Island Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse says Congress may be gearing up to consider more gun legislation. But, Whitehouse cautions that he has seen similar efforts fail before.

Whitehouse says he’s hopeful about legislation that would restrict people who are on anti-terrorism no-fly lists from buying guns. It's currently in limbo. Still, Whitehouse says the outlook is promising for gun control advocates.

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After more than 24 hours on the floor, Democratic members of the House of Representatives have ended their sit-in in the House chamber.

The lawmakers were demanding hearings on gun-control legislation. RI Representatives David Cicilline and Jim Langevin were among them.

Rhode Island’s two representatives joined their Democratic colleagues in chastising Republican lawmakers for refusing to hear, what they call quote “common sense” gun control legislation.

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A second vigil in as many nights was held Tuesday to honor those who lost their lives in the Orlando nightclub shooting over the weekend.

AGs Ask Congress To Fund Gun Violence Prevention Research

May 24, 2016
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Rhode Island’s Attorney General Peter Kilmartin is joining a group of his peers calling on Congress to fund research into the prevention of gun violence. 

By law, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention hasn’t been able to use public funds to research gun violence prevention. Many public health researchers believe that has stymied their ability to find ways to reduce gun violence.

Now, attorneys general from 14 states are asking Congress to lift that ban and direct funding to the CDC immediately.

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