RAISING A RED FLAG ON THE RED FLAG BILL

Governor Gina Raimondo signed an executive order aimed at disarming potentially dangerous residents making RI the first state to act on gun policy since the school shootings in South Florida earlier this month. House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello who has an A-1 ratings and support from the NRA supports the red flag bill too. Cranston Mayor Allan Fung, a GOP candidate for governor, who has been very silent on the gun control issue, finally let it be known he opposes not only the red flag bill but a state wide level ban on assault weapons. The executive order signed by the governor directs the state police to "assess all red flag reports, warning about "potentially dangerous individuals" and take "whatever steps are legally available to remove guns" from those people. The bill allows family members, the A_G, or the police to ask a judge for an "extreme risk protection order. Fung warns the bill is too broad and, at the very least, needs to have a trained medial official involved in such an evaluation. Gun control is not just a national issue, it's a big local issue that will play a significant role in the gubernatorial election...and it's important that the republican Fung clearly states his position.

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