NewsRadio 920 WHJJ and the Associated Press
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island lawmakers are taking up several gun-related measures, including ones to ban semi-automatic weapons and allow mental health records to be sent to the national firearm background check system.
A Senate panel has scheduled a Tuesday evening hearing.
One bill would ban the sale of semi-automatic weapons and large-capacity magazines. Similar legislation last session didn't get a vote following opposition from gun rights supporters. Opponents rallied again at the Statehouse this year.
Another bill would allow courts to submit information to the background check system when a person is involuntarily committed and determined to pose a danger.
The legislation stems from the work of a task force created after the Newtown, Conn., school shootings. The panel said it sought to balance public safety with gun rights and patient privacy.