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.



We are so grateful for the 137 donors who helped us crush our $15,000 goal for 401Gives. Our total amount raised is $15,761 and we were #4 on the leaderboard for “Micro Organizations.”

Over the past decade we have worked together to inform the public and change laws. You have been there advocating, educating and fundraising and together we are making Rhode Island a safer place for all.

Thank you for your partnership and dedication!


On March 19th the Senate voted 28-7 in favor of secure storage. We are grateful for all of our volunteers, survivors and partners who made this happen. We are one step closer to a safer Rhode Island.

Now to the House!

Read all about it in our News Section.


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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    Highlights from the Blog

    March Organizational Meeting

    March Organizational Meeting

    Thank you to EVERYONE who attended our March Organizational Meeting! We had a GREAT TURNOUT of activists who are eager to advocate for an assault weapons ban and safe storage!

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    A Second Amendment Primer

    A Second Amendment Primer

    The right to bear arms established under the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution is often misunderstood and often misrepresented.

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    Three Gun Safety Laws Signed in 2022!

    Governor Dan McKee signed key reforms into law:

    • Limiting magazines to 10 rounds

    • Raising the age to buy long guns and ammunition from 18 to 21

    • Prohibiting loaded long guns in public

    Gun Safety Reform is Constitutional

    In 2008, District of Columbia v. Heller affirmed:

    “the [Second Amendment] right was not a right to keep and carry any weapon whatsoever in any manner whatsoever and for whatever purpose.”

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