PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Gov. Dan McKee signed two bills Monday putting new protections from gun violence into law.
One bill aims to keep guns out of the hands of people who legally are not allowed to own them.
The legislation creates a statewide ban on “straw purchases,” where someone buys a firearm and then gives or sells it to someone who can’t legally purchase the gun on their own.
The second bill bans people from carrying guns on school grounds, with some exceptions for school security and retired law enforcement.
Speakers pointed to recent shootings both in Rhode Island and across the country as evidence for the need for these types of measures, including a deadly shooting that occurred in Providence on Sunday.
“It makes sense to create laws to keep guns out of the hands of people who cannot and should not possess one,” McKee said. “It makes sense to ban guns on school property and on school buses.”
The General Assembly reviewed several pieces of gun safety legislation and these two were passed by both chambers.
Second Amendment advocates say they’re against most of the gun safety bills before the General Assembly this year. They are calling on McKee to instead put resources in inner cities to help prevent the problem with youth before they resort to gun violence.
The two bills join dozens of others signed by McKee over the past week.