These actions were also supported by the Rhode Island Police Chiefs Association.

But gun control advocates have enacted a new law in Rhode Island, saying the move would save lives.

Rhode Island has joined a growing list of states that have increased the minimum age for 18 to 21 states to purchase rifles, shotguns and semi-automatic rifles

Democratic Governor Dan McKee has signed a package of gun measures approved this week following the recent high-profile mass shootings in Uvalde, Buffalo, New York and Texas

The package includes bills banning magazines of more than 10 rounds, prohibiting the free shipping of publicly loaded firearms and raising the age limit for purchasing firearms and ammunition to 21.

We knew this was the moment to take action, and lack of action was not an option, not an option for our children or our loved ones,”

He pledged to continue to find ways to fight gun violence, including a ban on AR-style, semi-automatic rifles.

While federal law prohibits people from buying firearms for up to 21 years, state law determines the minimum age for buying rifles and other long guns

Rhode Island joins California, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, New York, Vermont and Washington with similar age limits.

Gunmen under the age of 21 have had some of the worst mass shootings in recent years, including the Parkland, Florida in 2018