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Gun Control

Gun Control

Position

Statement of Position on Gun Policy, as adopted by 1990 Convention and amended by the 1994 and 1998 Conventions.
(For Complete position: Impact on Issues, pg. 87)

The League of Women Voters of the United States believes that the proliferation of handguns and semiautomatic assault weapons in the United States is a major health and safety threat to its citizens. The League supports strong federal measures to limit the accessibility and regulate the ownership of these weapons by private citizens. The League supports regulating firearms for consumer safety.

The League supports licensing procedures for gun ownership by private citizens to include a waiting period for background checks, personal identity verification, gun safety education, and annual license renewal. The license fee should be adequate to bear the cost of education and verification.

The League supports a ban on "Saturday night specials," enforcement of strict penalties for the improper possession of and crimes committed with handguns and assault weapons, and allocation of resources to better regulate and monitor gun dealers.

RI Position

RI Coalition Against Gun Violence. We sit on its steering committee, Campaign for Gun Violence Prevention RI

Current

At the State House waiting for the Governor to introduce her package of gun safety bills February 13, 2020
Feb. 20, 2020
As was widely reported, both the RI Senate and RI House overwhelmingly passed Ghost Gun bills. Unfortunately, the approved bills were not identical. The Ghost Gun legislation will not become law until the bills have been reconciled and approved by both houses.

Sept. 19, 2019
The Rhode Island Coalition Against Gun Violence held a half-day power building retreat on Sept. 19. Faye Zuckerman attended and represented LWVRI, which is a coalition member. She was among the more than 35 advocates and legislators (Senators Goldin, Miller, Coyne and Representatives Tanzi, Williams and Casall) in attendance. The morning was spent mapping who has power around the issue of common sense gun laws, who doesn't and what is needed to shift the narrative. The purpose of this retreat was to sort out policy priorities in advance of the RI 2020 legislative session.