May 17–PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Bills banning rapid-fire “bump stocks” and giving police the power to disarm people who show “red flag” signs of potential violence are speeding toward becoming law after passing the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday.
The legislation, coming in response to gun massacres in Las Vegas and Parkland, Florida, moved quickly through the committee Thursday afternoon after drawing hours of impassioned, late-night testimony from the opposing gun-rights and gun-control camps earlier this spring.
The red-flag language passed unanimously by the Senate Committee mirrors what the House passed more than a month ago, including amendments to the original legislation that limit the ability to file red-flag orders to police and raising the burden of proof to keep an order beyond a year.
The full Senate is expected to take the bill up next week.
“It’s pretty fantastic. It means in the wake of Parkland, our General Assembly has really stepped up to the responsibilityto pass commonsense gun laws to protect Rhode Islanders,” said Jennifer Boylan, volunteer legislative leader for the Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense on America, which had rallied support for the bills.
This article provided by NewsEdge.