(4.4) Tell the nine-year-old child in your life, I am doing something! The RI Coalition Against Gun Violence (RICAGV) will be hosting a Lobby Day next Tuesday, April 4th, at the State House. All are welcome. Feel free to bring like-minded friends and family, members of your organization, and anyone who wants to show their support of gun violence prevention. This event had been scheduled before Nashville.
You will receive a brief training about how to lobby legislators, and will be partnered with others who have done this before. It’s a great way to have your voice heard. Wear orange; organizers will have orange RICAGV tee-shirts available.
The legislative goals this session:
Regulating Assault Weapons: House bill sponsored by Representative Jason Knight/ Senate bill sponsored by Senator Josh Miller.
This act would ban the possession, sale and transfer of assault weapons. Possession of assault weapons owned on the effective date of this act would be “grandfathered” subject to certain registration provisions.
Safe Firearm Storage: House bill sponsored by Representative Justine Caldwell/ Senate bill sponsored by Senator Pamela Lauria.
Rhode Island has already enacted sensible gun regulation. In 2022 we passed legislation limiting magazine capacity to 10 rounds, prohibiting loaded long guns in public, and raising the age to buy long guns and ammo from 18 to 21. These are very persuasive advocates.
RICAGV is the organizer of this campaign. They have many local and national partners, including: Moms Demand Action, The Nonviolence Institute, RICADV, United Way of RI, The Womxn Project, AFL-CIO, RI Black Business Association, RI Kids Count, and more.
Go here to sign up for Lobby Day.
Learn more at the Washington Post: The Blast Effect: This is how bullets from an AR-15 blow the body apart. This includes 3D animations.
Lobby Day, 3pm to 4:30pm, Tuesday, April 4, State House, 82 Smith Street, (directions)