Statements about Guns

"By a two-to-one margin, Rhode Islanders want to ban assault weapons and we have a very small percentage of gun owners in this state, less than 13 percent."

Deer baiting, planned for Block Island by DEM, is illegal in Rhode Island.

"The vast, overwhelming majority of [crimes that occur with a firearm] are committed by people who don’t legally possess that firearm in the first place."

Passing a federal firearms "background check through the NICS database . . . typically takes 90 seconds."

"The UK has an unarmed police force and a firearm fatality rate that is 40 times lower per capita than in the U.S."

Proposed gun control legislation "will outlaw practically every firearm, make you pay $100 per firearm, put you into a police database" and make it "nearly impossible" to get a permit to carry a concealed weapon.

"If you are a federally licensed gun dealer and your license is revoked because you've engaged in misconduct ... your entire inventory under prevailing law is deemed your personal collection. You then can sell it free from any background checks."

Right now, if Rhode Island police come across a young person with a gun, "they really don't legally have the right to take it away from them."

If an individual is determined "to commit suicide, the availability of a gun is not a factor" because they will find a way.

"Harvard Study Finds States With Most Gun Laws Have Fewest Gun Deaths."

"Rhode Island could tell you who has a camper, but we couldn't figure out who has a gun."

More than 40 percent of sales nationally are made without background checks.

"Semi-automatic weapons, whether pistol or rifle, were designed for use by the military on the battlefield."

"Switzerland (where the government) issues every household a gun . . . has the lowest gun related crime rate of any civilized country in the world!!!"

"Last year, handguns killed 48 people in Japan, 8 in Great Britain, 34 in Switzerland, 52 in Canada, 58 in Israel, 21 in Sweden, 42 in West Germany and 10,728 in the United States."

"Rhode Island is the only state where officers at state-supported [colleges] carry out their duties unarmed."

Enacting the Right-to-Carry Act would amount to "expanding the rights of sex offenders, terrorists, child predators, and abusers to carry concealed weapons across state lines.’’

 Says "John Loughlin voted to let people accused of domestic violence keep their guns."

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