RI gun control laws

To honor Mothers’ Day, Providence religious leaders this weekend will urge support for “common sense” gun regulations.

Four city houses of worship will celebrate turn “Guns into Plowshares” weekend with prayer and presentations of decommissioned firearms that will be transformed into garden tools by metal artists working at The Steel Yard in Providence.

The four faith communities participating in this event are First Unitarian Church in Providence; Temple Beth-El; The First Baptist Church in America; and Central Congregational Church.

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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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In a front-page story on Wednesday, The New York Times pointed out that school shootings have become so common that Tuesday’s shooting at a school in the small Kentucky town of Benton was one of 11 shootings involving school properties since Jan. 1st.

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The Rhode Island General Assembly is expected to do its final business this week, and then go home for the Fourth of July holiday. Before the summer recess, House lawmakers voted last week on the state budget. What else remains for lawmakers to do?

Rhode Island Public Radio’s Elisabeth Harrison put the question to our political analyst Scott MacKay.

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The House Judiciary Committee is expected to vote Wednesday on a bill that would require anyone under a restraining order to surrender his or her firearms. 

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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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Rhode Island is once again near the bottom in a national ranking of the 50 states.  Usually that’s a reason for concern, but in this case, RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says the bottom is a good place to be.