Bill Will Make RI Citizens Criminals for Owning Modern Sporting Rifles

Rhode Island Senate Committee to Hear Anti-Gun Bills.

National Shooting Sports Foundation
National Shooting Sports Foundation

NEWTOWN, Conn –-( This Thursday, the Rhode Island Senate Judiciary Committee will be hearing numerous anti-gun bills as part of a package proposed by Gov. Lincoln Chaffee (I), Attorney General Peter Kilmartin (D), Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed (D-13) and House Speaker Gordon Fox (D-4).

Rhode Island already has some of the strictest gun laws in the country, but that is not stopping leadership from trying to ban manufacture, sale and possession of all modern sporting rifles in the state.

Senate Bill 859 imposes restrictions on the manufacture, transfer and possession of modern sporting rifles and bans magazines containing more than 10 rounds.

If this bill passes, law-abiding gun owners will no longer be able to purchase and own the most popular firearm in America. This legislative proposal will unfortunately do nothing to address violent crime and public safety. This draconian measure will also affect non-gun owners as all Rhode Island tax payers will be forced to foot the bill for the extraordinary process of confiscating rifles — from law-abiding citizens — AND registration databases.

NSSF is urging all gun owners, sportsmen and hunters to attend Thursday’s public hearing to be held in Room 313 of the Statehouse after the Senate session concludes for the day.

There is also a hearing scheduled for Wednesday, May 1, on the house companion bill.

Please contact members of the Senate Committee on Judiciary and your State Senator to voice your opposition now.

Senate Judiciary Committee:

Sen. Michael J. McCaffrey (D-29), Chairman
[email protected] | 401-739-7576

Sen. Paul V. Jabour (D-5), Vice Chairman
[email protected] | 401-751-3300

Sen. Stephen R. Archambault (D-22)
[email protected] | 401-276-5599

Sen. William J. Conley, Jr. (D-18)
[email protected] | 401-438-1924

Sen. Dawson Tucker Hodgson (R-35)
[email protected] | 401-203-3256

Sen. Frank S. Lombardi (D-26)
[email protected] | 401-270-1379

Sen. Erin P. Lynch (D-31)
[email protected] | 401-739-8500

Sen. Harold M. Metts (D-6)
[email protected] | 401-272-0112

Sen. Donna M. Nesselbush (D-15)
[email protected] | 401-728-3244

Sen. Leonidas P. Raptakis (D-33)
[email protected] | 401-397-2720

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About NSSFThe National Shooting Sports Foundation is the trade association for the firearms industry. Its mission is to promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports. Formed in 1961, NSSF has a membership of more than 6,000 manufacturers, distributors, firearms retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen’s organizations and publishers. For more information, log on to

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Stand up for your rights people. What are you doing? All the blood shed by our vets and this is how you pay them back. You do not believe in the constitution apparently.


I hope the people of RI don’t expect the NRA to get them out of this tryannical,illegal,unconstitutional situation they are in.There is strengh in numbers always,but when the fat hits the fire you can only depend on yourself, not the NRA or anyone else,just yourself.HBH


One R and nine Ds…must be a partisan decision that ends the right of the people of RI the freedom to buy and own what they want as far as rifles go. It’s only gonna get worse RI. Brace yourselves.


Well, well, well. Lets see how stupid the people of Road Island really are. A show of hands? How many of you Rhode Islanders are
smart enough to keep your freedom? I don’t see any hands, apparently you are as stupid as I think you are!

5 War Veteran

Treason at any level is still treason.
The people of Rhode Island must deal with it appropriately.

When are we going to get 2 way communication here Ammoland?


@Locklyn,maybe they just don’t give a shit about their “guaranteed Constitutional freedoms” ! If this don’t get them “up in arms”literally,then they have only themselves to blame ! HBH

Lochlyn Grendelsson

You people in the original States … do you not know your own history?
This is EXACTLY what the King of England was doing to the Colonials.
Are you just going to sit there and let it happen again? Are you really going to waste the blood of your forefathers by doing nothing to put down a tyrannical government?
Shame on you all.