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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 2021, Rhode Island had the fifth lowest gun death rate among the states. Far more crime guns are trafficked into Rhode Island than out of the state. In 2021, Rhode Island imported more than twice as many crime guns from other states as it exported.

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



The data is clear: states with stronger gun laws have less gun violence. See how your state compares in our annual ranking.

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We’re in this together. To build a safer America—one where children and parents in every neighborhood can learn, play, work, and worship without fear of gun violence—we need you standing beside us in this fight.