In the wake of the mass shooting at a Florida high school, governor candidates from both parties find themselves divided on the issue of gun control.
Gov. Gina Raimondo (D) says the state’s gun laws should change, specifically by banning “military style assault weapons” and forbidding concealed weapons in schools.
State House Minority Leader Patricia Morgan (R) said “the solution is not politicizing this tragedy to pursue partisan ends.”
Former state Sen. Giovanni Feroce (R) thinks school safety should be the biggest focus, saying, “We have security and metal detectors in airports, courthouses, arenas, etc. It makes sense that we would have them when we assemble hundreds of children in an area, it’s common sense.” (Providence Journal)
LET’S MAKE A DEAL. An agreement between the Providence Democratic City Committee and Raimondo’s reelection campaign gave the committee’s then-chairman Patrick Ward increased spending power, despite being a state employee at the time. Ward has since resigned after making a offensive Facebook post about members of the Providence City Council.
The state Republican Party is filing an ethics complaint, accusing Raimondo of “entering into a financial transaction with a subordinate.” (WPRI)