23.3% Increase in 1st Quarter Comparison

Rhode Island’s surge in NICS firearm backgrounds continues – comparison of the first quarter (January to March) of 2021 to all previous years shows the highest levels since the FBI began publishing this data back in 1999.

Data Points to Increased Gun Violence

In the 2020 NICS surge, Rhode Island was second only to Michigan with a 111% increase. Correspondingly media reports of non-suicide gun deaths in Rhode Island increased 87%; non-lethal shootings were up 25% statewide, as well.