EXETER, R.I. (AP) — An effort to recall four of Exeter's five town councilors over the town's concealed weapons policy is heading to the town's Board of Canvassers.

The board plans to meet Tuesday to begin verifying signatures on recall petitions. The recall requires 496 signatures to proceed. Petitioners collected more than 600. If enough signatures are verified, a special recall election will be held.

The effort to oust the council members was sparked by their support for a proposal to have the state's Attorney General assume the job of issuing concealed weapons permits. The town's clerk now issues permits. Legislation to make all permits go through the attorney general's office failed to pass the General Assembly.

Gun rights advocates say it's potentially more difficult to get a permit through the attorney general's office.

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