The House Judiciary Committee voted to approve what may be some of the only gun legislation this session.
The National Instant Criminal Background Check System, or NICS, is one of three federal databases that federally licensed gun sellers check before selling anyone a gun.
Right now the state does not submit any information to NICS. The bill voted on by the House Judiciary Committee would allow the state’s District Court to report to NICS anyone who has been deemed a danger to themselves or others after a mental health hearing.
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 to the state. Unlike most towns, Exeter is so small it has no police department and councilors felt the town clerk didn’t have the resources needed to do the job properly. The results of the election plus reaction from both sides.
Voters head to the polls in Exeter on Saturday for a recall election that could send a majority of the town council packing.
The recall was sparked by a dispute over gun permits. 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.
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.