A history Legislative WINS

As a local grassroots organization, RICAGV has contributed to these legislative successes.


Protect Rhode Island Families Act

The Protect Rhode Island Families Act extends the law regarding domestic abusers by barring access to firearms when an individual is:

  • Convicted of a crime of violence, including a misdemeanor that involves the use or attempted use of force, or the threatened use of a dangerous weapon, against a family or household member;
  • Under certain types of domestic restraining orders or protective orders.

The individual is required to relinquish any firearm(s) in their possession to the proper authorities, and attest this fact to the court along with a proper receipt of surrender.


Red Flag Bill

The Red Flag Law (S2492A/H7688Aaa) will allow law enforcement to petition the courts to remove firearms from individuals who pose a significant danger of causing imminent personal injury to themselves or others.


Ghost Gun Bill

The new law prohibits anyone from manufacturing, selling, offering to sell, transferring, purchasing, possessing, or having under his or her control any firearm that is made from plastic, fiberglass or through a 3-D printing process; or a ghost gun — one that lacks a serial number under the requirements of the Federal Gun Control Act of 1968; or one that would be undetectable by a metal detector after removal of all parts other than a major component, or whose major component would not generate an accurate image if subjected to the type of screening equipment used at airports and public buildings.


Harold M. Metts School Safety Act

The Harold M. Metts School Safety Act of 2021 (2021-S 0073, 2021-H 5555A) prohibits anyone from carrying a firearm on school property, with the exception of peace officers, retired law enforcement officers, persons under contract to provide school security services, and unloaded firearms in locked containers or a locked rack in a motor vehicle.


Straw Buyer Bill

The first bills (2021-H 5386aa, 2021-S 416aa) ban “straw purchases” of firearms, making it illegal to purchase a firearm on behalf of, or selling or transferring it to, someone who is legally prohibited from possessing one.


Large Capacity Magazine Ban

Effective as of December 18th, 2022, the law makes it a felony to own high-capacity magazines that contain more than 10 rounds of ammunition.


Raised Legal Age to Purchase

The legal age has been raised from 18 to 21 for the purchase of guns or ammunition.


Open Carry

The law prohibits the open carry of loaded firearms in public.

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