April 1, 2014
The Speaker of the House in Rhode Island, Gordon Fox, resigned from the speakership after his office was raided by the Department of Justice, the FBI, and the IRS. He was rated a “C” by the NRA. Second amendment supporters had brought efforts to promote further infringements on their rights to a standstill in the state, but several bills are still in the legislative process. House Bill 7583 would mandate registration and restrict possession of “assault weapons”. HB 7585 would ban magazines of more than ten rounds. HB 7584 would do both. An explanation of these bills, which are essentially gun bans, can be found here.
The future of such legislation was in doubt until the election of Nicholas Mattiello as the new speaker of the House yesterday, March 27th. Speaker of the House Mattiello has an A+ rating from the NRA. From ABC6:
Mattiello has appointed Representative Cale Keable, a lawyer from Burrillville to chair the House Judiciary Committee and in a bipartisan move he appointed Representative Doreen Costa, a Republican representing Exeter and North Kingstown, to be the vice chair.