Governor Raimondo signed an Executive Order yesterday afternoon extending the time period from seven days to thirty days for police departments to conduct background checks for concealed weapons and firearms.

The move comes following a letter (seen below) from the Rhode Island Police Chiefs’ Association which expressed concern that the current strain on their resources may impede their ability to process the applications that come in.

The Governor will address this Executive Order at today’s press conference, which is scheduled for 1 pm. What’s Up Newp will bring you the press conference live on our Facebook Page and website.

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What'sUpNewp. Although not the founder or original owner, Belmore has been with What'sUpNewp since its early beginnings in 2012.

Belmore was born in Providence, Rhode Island; grew up and graduated high school in Coventry, Rhode Island; and lived in Newport, Rhode Island for more than ten years. He currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals.

He and his wife, Jen, as well as their two dogs (Aero and June), recently moved to Alexandria, Virginia. Belmore travels back and forth to Newport every couple of weeks to cover events, work on story ideas, to meet with What'sUpNewp's on-the-ground contributors, to visit friends, and to eat as much seafood as possible.

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