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4/23/2018 Media Advisory: House Judiciary Committee to hear firearms bills
STATE HOUSE – The House Judiciary Committee will hear numerous bills concerning firearms tomorrow.

The committee meets tomorrow, Tuesday, April 24, at the rise of the House session (around 5 p.m.) in Room 101 on the first floor of the State House. Among the bills on its agenda for hearings are:
  • 2018-H 7591 — Sponsored by Rep. Katherine S. Kazarian (D-Dist. 63, East Providence) and known as the Safe Schools Act, this bill provides that only peace officers and persons approved by the school authorities for the purposes of educational instruction may carry firearms or other weapons on school grounds.
  • 2018-H 7645 — This bill sponsored by Rep. Aaron Regunberg (D-Dist. 4, Providence) would ban high-capacity magazines carrying more than 10 rounds.
  • 2018-H 7714, 2018-H 7761, 2018-H 7862, 2018-H 8024 — These bills sponsored, respectively, by Rep. Kenneth A. Marshall (D-Dist. 68, Bristol, Warren), Rep. Teresa A. Tanzi (D-Dist. 34, South Kingstown, Narragansett), Rep. James N. McLaughlin (D-Dist. 57, Cumberland, Central Falls) and Rep. Grace Diaz (D-Dist. 11, Providence), although not identical, would all raise the legal age for buying a rifle or shotgun to 21.
  • 2018-H 7766 — Sponsored by Rep. Jason Knight (D-Dist. 67, Barrington, Warren), this bill would restrict possession and sale of new assault weapons and limit magazine capacity to 10 rounds or less.
  • 2018-H 7957 — This bill sponsored by Rep. Marcia Ranglin-Vassell (D-Dist. 5, Providence) would prohibit schools from offering any incentives to teachers who are licensed to carry a concealed weapon or are otherwise exempt from the law prohibiting guns on school grounds.
The committee will also meet Wednesday, April 25, at the rise of the House in Room 205 on the second floor of the State House for hearings on numerous bills, including:
  • 2018-H 7214 — This bill sponsored by Representative Regunberg would improve citizens’ access to the State House by creating more parking, child care services and remote testimony, and prohibit contributions to legislators during the legislative session and reduce the amount allowed to be contributed to a candidate.
  • 2018-H 7646 — Sponsored by Representative Kazarian, this bill would allow an innkeeper to remove any guest who is a level III high risk sexual offender who attempts to remain a hotel resident for more than 30 consecutive days in any calendar year.
  • 2018-H 8026 — This bill sponsored by House Speaker Nicholas A. Mattiello (D-Dist. 15, Cranston) would allow an exemption to the limit of sex offenders in a homeless shelter if the facility is complying with reporting laws and documents that it has considered available alternative shelters and/or housing for the subject individuals.
  • 2018-H 7938 — Sponsored by Rep. William W. O’Brien (D-Dist. 54, North Providence), this bill would mandate that public colleges arm their campus police.

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