Attempting to reduce firearm homicide by implementing gun control laws in Rhode Island is not only ineffective, but pointless. In Rhode Island in 2012, 19 homicides were committed with firearms. Of these 19, 7 were committed with handguns, 0 with rifles or shotguns, and 12 with unknown types of firearms (and these include justifiable homicides).
Judging by these statistics the chance that a person is going to be killed by a firearm in Rhode Island is 0.001809523% and the chance that a person is going to be killed by the dreaded "assault weapon" (more accurately known as a semi-automatic rifle) is 0%. Banning "assault weapons", is completely pointless in RI seeing as there is no evidence that they are used to murder even a single person per year. Yet, the House of Reps is going to vote on banning them anyway.
If the State is going to vote on restricting their own citizens constitutional rights, the least they could do is commit some time to researching whether or not homicide by firearm is even a problem.
Statistics from the FBI can be found here: http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/crime-in-the-u.s/2012/crime-in-the-u.s.-2012/tables/20tabledatadecpdf