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Cool Rumsey praises taskforce’s judgment in NICS legislation

July 24, 2014

PROVIDENCE—Earlier this month, Governor Lincoln Chafee signed two pieces of legislation which will allow the submission of limited information to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) regarding a person’s mental health history and their potential disqualification from owning a gun. Last year, Sen. Catherine Cool Rumsey (Dist. 34—Exeter, Charlestown, Hopkinton, Richmond, West Greenwich) and Rep. Deborah Ruggiero (Dist. 74—Jamestown, Middletown) led the Behavioral Health and Firearms Safety Taskforce in order to research how the state could tighten controls on weapon access without infringing upon personal liberties.
“We worked very carefully with all the stakeholders to ensure that we were building good policy, rather than reacting emotionally in the wake of a tragedy,” said Cool Rumsey in a statement. “We’ve very narrowly defined the people who will be affected by the change, we’ve protected their privacy and we’ve provided a way for them to apply for relief.”

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