House Minority Leader: RI has some of strictest gun laws

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — In the wake of another mass shooting, state and federal gun laws are once again coming under scrutiny.

After the 2013 shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, Rhode Island lawmakers considered nine changes to the state’s gun laws.

Only one law, which requires some mental health information get reported to a national database used to screen gun purchases, was passed.

On this week’s taping of WPRI 12’s Newsmakers, we asked Republican House Minority Leader Brian Newberry if he thinks state laws need to be examined yet again.

“The real issue is – do we have gun laws on the books that prevent guns getting into the hands of people who shouldn’t have them in the first place,” Newberry asked. “In Rhode Island, absolutely – we are among the most strict. We have some of the most strict gun legislation in the U.S. but I’m not in Congress. Our laws and what I can effect, I am comfortable with what we have.”

On the federal level, Congressman David Cicilline said he intends to introduce legislation to reauthorize a ban on assault weapons.

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