Chafee Not Serious About Gun Control?

Maybe my headline isn’t fair but it seems every time there’s an issue with mass shootings, Governor Chafee comes out and tells us how the country needs to get more serious about gun control. He even went so far as to bust the chops of Rep. Doreen Costa about the RI GOP auctioning off an AR-15 as a fundraiser.

Chafee spokeswoman Christine Hunsinger said the governor also believes the GOP’s finance director – state Rep. Doreen Costa, R-North Kingstown – should “explain why this is a good idea, why these kinds of weapons are being raffled off…[at what] I believe is being described as a day of family fun.”

“He [Chafee] believes that she ought to be on the record, defending why this is appropriate because he does not think it is a good idea,” Hunsinger said of Costa,

However today, Phil Marcelo of the Providence Journal has an article about how Rhode Island still not submit names of people with mental health issues to the NICS.

But, for reasons still not entirely clear, it is one of the few in the country that has not submitted any mental-health or substance-abuse records, according to a recent report by Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a gun control advocacy group.

I don’t think there are very many people who think that the mentally ill should obtain and possess guns. So why is this still a problem? This sounds like yet another time when Chafee is getting caught up in talking points instead of actually doing something.

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