RI senator apologizes for cursing at gun rights advocate

State Sen. Joshua Miller

A Rhode Island state senator apologized Tuesday for cursing at a gun rights advocate at the State House.

Sen. Joshua Miller, D-Cranston, used a profanity last week to insult Dan Bidondi, a gun rights supporter who had confronted Miller following a State House rally in support of legislation to ban the sale of semi-automatic firearms. Bidondi, who has criticized the legislation as unconstitutional, filmed the exchange and posted it online.

Miller said Bidondi had been intimidating supporters of the legislation, who included religious leaders and elderly veterans. Miller said Bidondi's behavior prompted his "human and guttural" response.

Miller also said that Bidondi was physically removed from a committee room by the Capitol Police.

"If the Second Amendment violates people's beliefs or offends people, I stand guilty," Bidondi said.

Bidondi denies Miller's claims that his manner was aggressive or intimidating, or that he purposely provoked the lawmaker.

"That was the only confrontation I had with Miller prior to the question and instead of a nice response, he told me to go F myself," he said.

Miller said Tuesday that his words were unjustified and he offered his apologies.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.