PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Voters in a small Rhode Island town have defeated an effort by gun rights activists to recall four sitting town councilors who had proposed changing the way gun permits are issued.
Saturday's recall election in Exeter was sought by gun rights supporters who say the council ignored their objections to a failed proposal that would have allowed the attorney general to oversee Exeter's concealed weapons permits. The town of 6,000 has no police department so permits are now handled by the town clerk.
The council members say gun rights supporters were trying to make them an example for other officeholders considering changes to gun laws.
More than 1,800 of the town of Exeter's roughly 5,000 registered voters came to the polls.