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 utilizes the collective power of its membership and grassroots organizing methods to advance programs and policies that will reduce gun violence of all types resulting in safer, healthier Rhode Island communities.
Welcome Melissa Carden!
The RICAGV Board of Directors is thrilled to announce the hiring of Melissa Carden as our new Executive Director. A Pawtucket native and graduate of Villanova University, Melissa is a highly skilled communications strategist with extensive expertise in policy, communications, and relationship building. She served as the Co-Legislative Lead for Moms Demand Action Rhode Island and the Legislative Lead and Communications Lead for Moms Demand Action Pennsylvania. Prior to becoming RICAGV’s Executive Director, she was the Chief Public Affairs Officer for the State of Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency. She currently sits on the boards of the Roger Williams Park Conservancy and the Edgewood Waterfront Preservation Association.
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
Help us fight the pro-gun lobby at the State House!
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Highlights from the Blog
Board Member Diana Garlington spoke for RICAGV at the press conference on Monday.
Buffalo makes third mass shooting over the weekend.
Join RICAGV, an exciting and fast-paced leader in gun violence prevention in Rhode Island.
CT is up 4%, MA is down 41%
Friday, June 3, 2022
Rhode Island is not immuned to this problem.
Motor vehicle deaths among young people have dropped over 40% in the last two decades, while gun deaths among the same age group are 5 times higher
Jen is the head of Moms Demand Action in Rhode Island, an RICAGV partner organization.
Ellen writes in support for bills to ban miltiary-style weapons that have been stifled in the RI House and Senate Judiciary Committees for years.
2020 RI Gun Safety Poll
Overwhelming support for common-sense gun safety measures, including more than 70% in favor of limiting magazine capacity and regulating assault weapons.
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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