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PROVIDENCEâ€”Earlier this month, Governor Lincoln Chafee signed two pieces of legislation which will allow the submission of limited information to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) regarding a personâ€™s mental health history and their potential disqualification from owning a gun. Last year, Sen. Catherine Cool Rumsey (Dist. 34â€”Exeter, Charlestown, Hopkinton, Richmond, West Greenwich) and Rep. Deborah Ruggiero (Dist. 74â€”Jamestown, Middletown) led the Behavioral Health and Firearms Safety Taskforce in order to research how the state could tighten controls on weapon access without infringing upon personal liberties.
â€śWe worked very carefully with all the stakeholders to ensure that we were building good policy, rather than reacting emotionally in the wake of a tragedy,â€ť said Cool Rumsey in a statement. â€śWeâ€™ve very narrowly defined the people who will be affected by the change, weâ€™ve protected their privacy and weâ€™ve provided a way for them to apply for relief.â€ť
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