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Rhode Island prohibits any person from possessing any firearm on school grounds.1 “School grounds” include any property belonging to or being used by a public or private elementary or secondary school, or while riding school provided transportation.2 Concealed handgun license holders, among others, are exempt.3

If a student possesses a firearm on school premises, including premises used for school activities, a vehicle used for school transportation, or onto a roadway or path along which school children or teachers are walking to school, he or she shall be suspended from school for one year.4 Students are also subject to such suspension if they aim a firearm or realistic firearm replica at school premises, school vehicles, or students, staff or visitors attending school or in transit to or from school.

The term of suspension may be shortened by the superintendent of schools on a case-by-case basis and under guidelines to be developed by the school committee with broad parent, teacher, and community involvement.5

 See our Guns in Schools policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue. 

  1. R.I. Gen. Laws § 11-47-60(a)(1).[]
  2. R.I. Gen. Laws § 11-47-60(a)(2).[]
  3. See R.I. Gen. Laws § 11-47-60(b).[]
  4. R.I. Gen. Laws § 16-21-18.[]
  5. R.I. Gen. Laws § 16-21-18.[]