'Red Flag' Bill and Bump Stock Ban Clear Another Hurdle in R.I. - NECN

'Red Flag' Bill and Bump Stock Ban Clear Another Hurdle in R.I.

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    'Red Flag' Bill and Bump Stock Ban Clear Another Hurdle in R.I.
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    OREM, UT - FEBRUARY 21: A bump stock is installed on an AK-47 at Good Guys Gun and Range on February 21, 2018 in Orem, Utah. The bump stock is a device when installed allows a semi-automatic to fire at a rapid rate much like a fully automatic gun. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)

    Measures to ban bump stocks and implement a statewide "red flag" policy in Rhode Island are one step closer to becoming law.

    The Senate Judiciary Committee voted Thursday to pass the two bills, which the House approved last month. The full Senate will now vote on the proposals.

    The red flag policy would allow law enforcement to request an "extreme risk protection order" to temporarily remove guns from people deemed an "imminent threat" to themselves or others. Eight states have passed similar laws, according to the advocacy group Everytown for Gun Safety.

    Bump stocks are devices that make a semi-automatic rifle mimic a fully automatic rifle. One was used in the Las Vegas shooting that left 58 people dead.

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    Legislative leaders have hailed the bills as pragmatic measures promoting safety.

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