Friday, May 10, 2013
Rep. Dennis Canario talks about recent gun legislation.
The following is an op-ed submitted by Rep. Dennis Canario. In the wake of the horrific tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, the General Assembly leadership joined with Gov. Lincoln Chafee, Attorney General Peter Kilmartin and law enforcement officials to introduce a package of gun legislation, including several bills that seek to strengthen existing laws dealing with firearms violations. Since the introduction of those bills, the House Committee on Judiciary, on which I serve, has held a lengthy hearing. Over the course of about eight hours, many people testified on the various bills. There was clearly a great assortment of opinions, from strong support to strong opposition. I am writing to share with my constituents …
Monday, March 25, 2013
In a letter to the editor, Finn address the concern and criticism of the gun registration bill introduced last month.
[editor's note: The following letter was submitted by Rep. Linda Finn (D-Dist. 72, Middletown, Portsmouth) regarding the gun registration bill, 5573, that would require gun owners to register their weapons with local police. The controversial proposal drew hundreds to the State House last month to speak up against the bill.] I have received many responses from concerned citizens, both gun owning and not. I would like to clarify a couple of items and respond to some of the criticism of the bill. Please remember that at this point, this bill is still only a proposal. In order for it to become law, a House committee must first hear it. That hearing before the House Judiciary Committee is open to all to testify about their opinions. …
Sunday, March 24, 2013
In an open letter to Rep. Linda Finn (D-Portsmouth, Middletown), one reader explains the futility of her bill and all the other gun legislation being proposed around the country.
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Johnston Police Chief Richard Tamburini said although it's a work in progress, the gun registration bill is a step in the right direction.
Johnston Police Chief Richard Tamburini said he supports a Rhode Island gun registration bill, according to the Johnston Sunrise. The legislation (H5573) would require gun owners to register their weapons with local police departments or the state police and allow police to keep copies of applications for gun purchases sent to them for background checks. Tamburini said overall he supported the legislation, but it is “a work in progress." “The people who are not going to comply are the ones who affect the police officers,” Tamburini told the paper. Not all law enforcement agree with the bill. State Rep. Dennis M. Canario (D - Portsmouth, Tiverton and Little Compton), a retired Portsmouth police officer, spoke out against the legislation…
Monday, March 11, 2013
Politifact Rhode Island says a statement by Rep. Linda Finn, claiming Rhode Island keeps a registry of campers but not guns, is "mostly true."
“Currently, there’s no way to know who has weapons in Rhode Island. We don’t keep records on anything, we don’t require licenses and we don’t register guns. Rhode Island could tell you who has a camper, but we couldn’t figure out who has a gun.” - Rep. Linda Finn (D-Dist. 72, Middletown, Portsmouth) How accurate is the quote in bold? According to Politifact Rhode Island, it is "mostly true," which by their definition means the statement is accurate, but needs clarification or additional information. Finn's gun registration bill (2013-H 5573) would require gun-owners to register their weapon with their local police. Failure to do so would result in up to three years in prison and fines of up to $3,000. Similar to other gun control …
Friday, March 1, 2013
Hundreds of gun rights advocates gathered at the State House protesting legislation introduced by Rep. Linda Finn of Middletown that would require gun owners to register with local police departments.
Several hundred gun advocates showed up at the State House on Thursday afternoon to oppose a gun registration bill introduced by Representative Linda Finn (D-Middletown, Portsmouth). Under the legislation (2013-H 5573), anyone who possesses a firearm would be required to register the gun with local police for a $100 fee. Failure to do so would result in up to three years in prison, as well as fines of up to $3,000. Currently, Rhode Island does not require registration or licensing for gun ownership. “The most obvious flaw in this legislation is that it is entirely contrary to the language and spirit of federal firearms law, the Brady Bill," said State Rep. Doreen Costa (R-North Kingstown, Exeter) at the rally. The Brady Handgun Violence …
State Rep. Dennis Canario is opposing legislation introduced by a fellow state legislator.
State Rep. Dennis M. Canario (D-Dist. 71, Portsmouth, Tiverton and Little Compton), a retired Portsmouth police officer, is speaking out against newly-introduced legislation which would require gun owners to register their weapons with local police departments. State Rep. Linda Finn (D-Dist. 72, Middletown and Portsmouth) introduced the legislation (2013-H 5573) in response to the Newtown, CT, shootings, which is considered one of the worst school shootings in recent U.S. history. Under Finn's legislation, anyone who possesses a firearm would be required to register the gun with local police for a $100 fee. Failure to do so would result in up to three years in prison and fines of up to $3,000. Rep. Canario released the following …
Monday, January 14, 2013
Rep. Finn will serve on two committees.
The following is from a press release. Rep. Linda Finn (D-Dist. 72, Middletown, Portsmouth) has been appointed to the House Corporations and Small Business Committees. The assignments were announced today by House Speaker Gordon D. Fox. The Corporations Committee handles legislation and matters relating to financial institutions, business regulation, property and casualty insurance and consumer protection. The Small Business Committee reviews legislation relating to the streamlining of licenses and permits, eliminating or decreasing bureaucratic steps and delays and uncoordinated or duplicative reviews and filings, and reducing associated added costs to businesses. Representative Finn, owner of Linda Finn Garden Design, is serving her …
Saturday, January 12, 2013
Rep. Linda Finn (D-Dist. 72, Middletown, Portsmouth) was formally sworn into office recently.
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
The final results are expected this afternoon.
As the Board of Elections tallies the absentee ballots today, incumbent State House of Representatives candidate Dan Reilly, District 72 (Middletown, Portsmouth), remains optimistic about the race. “At this point, I am anxiously awaiting the results of the mail ballots, which I do believe will make this race even closer, if not successful for me,” said Reilly. Although challenger Linda Finn of Middletown leads by 87 votes, the absentee ballots are still outstanding. Between the two towns, over 1700 voters requested a mail-in ballot. The Board of Elections said an official count will be available this afternoon. Finn won Middletown by 296 votes but lost Portsmouth by 209 votes. Nearly 1,000 voters requested a mail-in ballot in Portsmouth. …