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Giovanna's StoryMay 22, 2017

Dear Supporter,

When an abuser has access to a gun, a victim of domestic violence is five times more likely to be killed.

We need your help now to protect victims of abuse—our loved ones, neighbors, coworkers, and friends. They are survivors like Giovanna, who is sharing her story to prevent gun violence from happening to someone else.

Abusers with firearms are dangerous to bystanders, as well; an analysis from 2009 to 2016 found that 54% of mass shootings were related to domestic or family violence.

That is why the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence is advocating this year to pass the Protect RI Families Act (S0405/H5510), sponsored by Senator Metts and Representative Tanzi.

Federal law prohibits those convicted of domestic violence and those subject to final restraining orders from possessing guns, but there is no mandated system in Rhode Island for these abusers to turn in the guns they own.

According to a 2015 study of restraining orders conducted by Everytown, Rhode Island courts ordered abusers to surrender their firearms only 5% of the time.

The Protect RI Families Act would hold dangerous abusers accountable and make our communities safer. Similar legislation has already been passed in 27 states, including Alabama and Texas. It’s time for Rhode Island to catch up and pass this commonsense bill.

Please help ensure that the Protect RI Families Act passes into law this year by making your contribution today.


Deborah DeBare

Deborah DeBare
Executive Director

P.S. We rely on personal contributions to conduct our critical legislative advocacy work, which is why your gift is essential to safeguarding Rhode Islanders from gun violence. Thank you for your support.

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