- Associated Press - Friday, February 21, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A bill pending before lawmakers in Rhode Island would ban anyone convicted of a crime of domestic violence from buying a gun.

The bill from Rep. Gregg Amore would apply to anyone convicted of a misdemeanor domestic violence charge, which includes domestic assault, vandalism, disorderly conduct, trespassing, stalking and violation of a restraining order.

The bill was introduced last year in a package of gun-control related legislation. Like most of those bills, it failed to pass.

Amore, an East Providence Democrat, says he thinks the bill is a “common sense” way of preventing deadly incidents by ensuring those with a history of domestic violence can’t access firearms.

Amore’s legislation was announced Friday. It has been referred to the House Judiciary Committee. No vote on the measure has been scheduled.

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