PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Hundreds of gun rights supporters have gathered at the Rhode Island Statehouse to oppose legislation prompted by the Newtown, Conn., school massacre that would ban semi-automatic weapons.
A House committee reviewed the proposal and several other gun-related bills Tuesday.
The semi-automatic weapons ban was proposed last year, following the 2012 Newtown shooting, but never got a vote.
Supporters including a coalition of religious leaders say the ban is a common-sense way of reducing gun violence.
But gun rights supporters like Frank Saccoccio say the proposal would infringe on Second Amendment rights and do little to address the problem of gun crime.
Lawmakers are also considering legislation to ban large-capacity magazines.
No votes on the measures have been scheduled.
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