In accordance with the ACLU of RI’s longstanding opposition to laws that disqualify former felons from a wide array of rights, benefits, and privileges, we opposed this broad legislation which would have made it a crime under state law for any ex-felon to possess a firearm, regardless of the date or nature of their criminal record. We noted that, just as one’s status as an ex-felon should not serve as an automatic barrier to employment opportunities, housing or other government benefits, it should not serve as a per se barrier to possessing a firearm. State law already bars individuals who have committed crimes of violence from owning firearms. This bill died in committee.
Barring Felons from Owning Firearms (S 744)
Senator Maryellen Goodwin
Died in Committee