RI lawmakers take second look at gun control bills

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Gun rights supporters say they will gather at the Rhode Island Statehouse as lawmakers review a proposal to ban the sale of semi-automatic weapons.

A similar measure prompted by the Newtown, Conn., school shooting failed to get a vote last year following protests by gun rights supporters. The legislation is back again this year and will the subject of a hearing Tuesday in the House Judiciary Committee.

Supporters say restrictions on the weapons would reduce the risk of a mass shooting as well as more common acts of gun violence. But gun rights supporters say the proposal would infringe on Second Amendment rights and would do little to address the problem of gun crime.

Lawmakers will also review legislation to ban large-capacity magazines.

No votes have been scheduled.

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