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3/18/2016 Guns, expungement bills before House Judiciary Committee
STATE HOUSE – The House Judiciary Committee next week will hear bills relating to firearms and criminal records expungement, among other topics.

The committee meets Tuesday, March 22, at the rise of the House session (sometime after 4:30 p.m.) in Room 101 on the first floor of the State House for hearings on a number of bills related to firearms, including:
  • 2016-H 7283 — Sponsored by Rep. Gregg Amore (D-Dist. 65, East Providence) prohibits anyone convicted of a misdemeanor involving domestic violence from purchasing, owning, transporting, carrying, or possessing any firearm.
  • 2016-H 7575 — This bill sponsored by Rep. Teresa Tanzi (D-Dist. 34, South Kingstown, Narragansett) requires the surrender of firearms to law enforcement agencies after conviction of certain domestic violence offenses.
  • 2016-H 7535 — Sponsored by Rep. Grace Diaz (D-Dist. 11, Providence) on behalf of Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin, this bill criminalizes the possession of a firearm by a minor, with exceptions while the minor is in the presence of a qualified adult or participating in certain competitive or ceremonial events.
  • 2016-H 7199 — This bill sponsored by Rep. Aaron Regunberg (D-Dist. 4, Providence) would criminalize the manufacture, import, possession, purchase, sale or transfer of any ammunition feeding device capable of accepting more than 10 rounds.
  • 2016-H 7799 — This bill sponsored by Rep. Shelby Maldonado (D-Dist. 56, Central Falls) would include orange or otherwise brightly colored plugs or tips inserted into the barrel of any firearm into the definition of “mark of identification” for those persons who change, alter, remove, or obliterate any mark of identification on a firearm.
The committee has also scheduled a vote on legislation (2016-S 2513aa) sponsored by Sen. Gayle L. Goldin (D-Dist. 3, Providence) in conjunction with Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea to allow Rhode Islanders to register to vote or update their voter information online. The House and the committee have already approved identical legislation (2016-H 7024) sponsored by Rep. Aaron Regunberg (D-Dist. 4, Providence).
On Wednesday, March 23, at the rise of the House session in Room 205 on the second floor of the State House, the committee will hear numerous bills on criminal records expungement, including:
  • 2016-H 7094 — This bill sponsored by Carlos E. Tobon (D-Dist. 58, Pawtucket) would require the sealing and destruction of arrest records of persons wrongfully arrested.
  • 2016-H 7242 — Sponsored by Rep. Charlene M. Lima (D-Dist. 14, Cranston, Providence), this bill redefines the term “first-time offender” for purposes of expungement of criminal records, and permits individuals with a record of not more than two misdemeanor convictions to be eligible for expungement.
  • 2016-H 7417 — This bill sponsored by Rep. Joseph S. Almeida (D-Dist. 12, Providence) would allow expungement of six misdemeanors.
  • 2016-H 7536 — This bill sponsored by Representative Lima on behalf of Attorney General Kilmartin would allow those persons with fewer than six misdemeanor convictions to file a motion for the expungement.
  • 2016-H 7858 — This bill sponsored by Rep. David A. Coughlin Jr. (D-Dist. 60) makes all criminal records, despite expungement, available to the Department of Children, Youth and Families, for any individual seeking certification as a child care or youth serving agency worker. 

For more information, contact:
Larry Berman, Communications Director for the Office of the Speaker
State House Room 331A
Providence, RI 02903
(401) 222-2466