The Rhode Island Coalition Against Gun Violence (RICAGV) is a coalition of organizations, activists, advocates, educators, legislators, and community members who address gun violence as an urgent public health issue. Since 2013, RICAGV has utilized the collective power of its membership and grassroots organizing methods to advance programs and policies that will reduce gun violence resulting in safer, healthier Rhode Island communities.

RICAGV launches secure storage and assault weapons ban legislation at “Valentines Not Violence” State House Event

The Rhode Island AFL-CIO, NEARI (National Education Association Rhode Island), Moms Demand Action and other community partners joined the Rhode Island Coalition Against Gun Violence (RICAGV) today at the State House in support of gun safety legislation and preventing gun violence. The two priority pieces of legislation for the second year in a row are a secure storage bill and an assault weapons ban. Speakers included the lead sponsors from both chambers of the General Assembly, including a new sponsor in the Senate for the assault weapons ban, as well as union leaders from the RI AFL-CIO and NEARI. Click here to READ MORE.


Two leading advocates for gun safety legislation in Rhode Island, Melissa Carden, Executive Director of the RI Coalition Against Gun Violence and Representative Jason Knight, joined Joe Paolino Jr. to discuss the tragedy in Maine and what we should be doing about the devastation of gun violence on the show that aired November 5, 2023 on ABC 6.

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