PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Second Amendment supporters gathered inside the Rhode Island State House Thursday to rally against legislation that would further restrict the sale and regulation of firearms statewide.

Gun rights advocates described the proposals as a “knee-jerk” reaction to the deadliest school shooting the nation’s seen since 2012.

One of those bills would raise the legal gun-buying age from 18 to 21, while another would make it a felony to store a firearm unlocked.

Other bills on the table include banning the use of “high capacity magazines” and further restricting the sale and possession of assault weapons.

Brenda Jacob, president of the Rhode Island Revolver and Rifle Association, believes these tragedies shouldn’t be politicized.

“None of them are going to prevent any tragedies,” Jacob said of the proposals. “There’s just no way that they’ll stop crime, they’re not going to stop evil people.”

“I think we need to secure our schools, first and foremost, and then the next thing we need to do is really look at mental health … because right now, we’re in a mental health crisis,” she continued.

Gun safety advocates gathered at the State House earlier this week in support of the legislation.

In a statement to 12 News, Rhode Island Coalition Against Gun Violence Chair Sydney Monstream-Quas said it’s disappointing that gun lobbyists won’t support “life-saving gun safety legislation.”

“But we are hopeful that, despite a loud presence, the Speaker and Senate President will keep their word and bring meaningful gun violence prevention bills to the floor for a vote,” she said.

R.I. House Speaker Joe Shekarchi and Senate President Dominick Ruggerio said in a joint statement that they’re both committed to passing “meaningful gun reform legislation” this session. When asked which bills they’d bring to the floor for a vote, a State House spokesperson said “everything is on the table.”

There have been more than 230 mass shootings in the United States so far this year, according to the Washington Post.