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Rhode Island prohibits any government authority from keeping a list or register of privately owned firearms or their owners unless the firearm has been used in committing a crime of violence, or an individual has been convicted of a crime of violence.1

State law does require gun sellers to submit copies of a firearm purchase application form to both local law enforcement and the state Attorney General, but both of these entities are generally required to destroy the application form upon finding no disqualifying information regarding the prospective purchaser’s application “and in no case later than thirty (30) days after the date of application.”2


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  1. R.I. Gen. Laws § 11-47-41.[]
  2. R.I. Gen. Laws § 11-47-35(a)(2); 11-47-35.2(b)(2).[]