2019 -- H 5164

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     STATE OF RHODE ISLAND

IN GENERAL ASSEMBLY

JANUARY SESSION, A.D. 2019

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A N   A C T

RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY -- ESTABLISHING THE "FIREARM SAFETY

TRIGGER LOCK DISTRIBUTION PROGRAM"

     

     Introduced By: Representatives Marshall, Costantino, Ucci, Almeida, and Shekarchi

     Date Introduced: January 23, 2019

     Referred To: House Health, Education & Welfare

     It is enacted by the General Assembly as follows:

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     SECTION 1. Title 23 of the General Laws entitled "HEALTH AND SAFETY" is hereby

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amended by adding thereto the following chapter:

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CHAPTER 95

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THE "FIREARM SAFETY LOCK DISTRIBUTION PROGRAM"

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     23-95-1. Short Title.

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     This chapter shall be known and may be cited as the "Firearm Safety Lock Distribution

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Program."

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     23-95-2. Appropriation.

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     The general assembly shall appropriate and the department of health shall maintain a

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program offering free gunlocks to resident gun owners. The method, manner and location of free

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gunlock distributions shall be approved by the director of health and may be in cooperation with

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state or local law enforcement agencies, the department of the attorney general or other approved

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governmental and/or private entities. Nothing herein shall be construed to limit or abrogate the

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requirements of ยง 11-47-60.3

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     23-95-3. Additional resources.

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     The department of health, together with state and local law enforcement agencies if

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required, shall coordinate free gun lock distribution with Project ChildSafe, the nationwide

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firearms safety education program or any other organization offering gun safety resources which

 

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are free of charge and necessary to implement this chapter.

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     23-95-4. Evaluation.

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     The firearm safety lock distribution program shall incorporate an on-going evaluation

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plan to determine the impact of the program on public safety.

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     SECTION 2. This act shall take effect on July 1, 2019.

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EXPLANATION

BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL

OF

A N   A C T

RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY -- ESTABLISHING THE "FIREARM SAFETY

TRIGGER LOCK DISTRIBUTION PROGRAM"

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     This act would create a firearm safety lock distribution program administered by the

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department of health.

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     This act would take effect on July 1, 2019.

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