General Assembly passes ‘red flag’ bill, bump stock ban


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — The Rhode Island General Assembly passed a pair of high-profile bills Thursday aiming to strengthen the state’s gun laws.

Both the Senate and the House recently approved the legislation, which will be signed into law by Gov. Gina Raimondo Friday morning.

One of the bills creates a “red flag” law, which allows police to take evidence that a person is a danger to themselves or others and owns firearms to a judge, who could issue an “extreme risk protective order” to remove that person’s guns from their possession.

The second bill bans the purchase, use and ownership of bump stock devices. Both bills were introduced in the wake of deadly mass shootings.

“Our collective hearts break every time we read about or hear about lives lost to gun violence,” Raimondo said. “Following the devastating shootings in Las Vegas, Parkland and most recently Santa Fe, we’ve been inspired by the leadership our students have shown over the last four months.”

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