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Rhode Island’s gun safety laws are more comprehensive than most other states, but lawmakers can still do more to save lives from gun violence.

In recent years, Rhode Island enacted an extreme risk protection order law, laws to curb gun trafficking, and a law restricting guns from K-12 schools. In 2020, Rhode Island had the fourth-lowest gun death rate among the states and the sixth-lowest crime gun export rate. To help save lives from gun violence, Rhode Island legislators should consider restricting untraceable and undetectable firearms (also known as ghost guns), strengthening investment in community violence intervention programs, and limiting access to military-style weaponry such as large-capacity magazines.

What Rhode Island Does Well

  • Universal background checks
  • Partial gun owner licensing
  • Extreme risk protection orders
  • Certain domestic violence gun laws
  • Waiting periods
  • Strong concealed carry law
  • Certain open carry regulations
  • Child access prevention laws
  • Community violence intervention funding
  • Lost & stolen firearm reporting
  • Large capacity magazine ban
  • Minimum age laws

What Rhode Island Is Missing

  • Assault weapon restrictions
  • Bulk firearm purchase restrictions
  • Handgun design safety standards
  • Local authority to regulate firearms
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