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February 8th, 2018: H7170 will be heard in the House Environment and Natural Resources committee and H7184 will be heard in the House Judiciary committee.



House Bill No. 7075
House Bill No. 7075 BY Craven, McEntee, Knight, Carson, Shekarchi ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL OFFENSES -- WEAPONS (Makes possession or use of a semi-automatic weapon rapid fire device to include bump stock, binary trigger or trigger crank punishable by up to ten (10) years imprisonment and/or a ten thousand dollars ($10,000) fine.)

This bill specifically prohibits bump fire stock, binary triggers, and trigger cranks. It also prohibits "rapid fire devices" which can include many commonly available parts such springs and bolt carrier groups that are replaced to enhance reliability of a firearm (triggers are exempt in the bill). Violations of this statute can result is a prison term of 1-10 years and/or a $10,000 fine. If this bill passes it will take effect immediately and there is no amnesty, grandfathering, or compensation of existing devices. Law enforcement would be exempt of this law.


House Bill No. 7112
House Bill No. 7112 BY Perez, Lancia, Ucci ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL OFFENSES - WEAPONS (Allows those persons with concealed carry permits issued by other states to carry upon their person weapons in Rhode Island provided that the issuing state recognizes and gives reciprocity to RI permit holders.)


House Bill No. 7162
House Bill No. 7162 BY Casey, Filippi, Craven, Keable, Lima ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT - DEPARTMENT OF ATTORNEY GENERAL - GUN CRIMES REPORT (Directs the attorney general to report annually to the general assembly on the incidence and disposition of crimes involving guns.)

This is a good bill that will direct the Attorney General to generate a report on the incidence and disposition of the cases. For years we have heard the Attorney General argue for stricter laws, but the research RIFOL has done shows that in many cases the gun charges are dropped so you have to ask yourself what is the point of stricter gun laws that will only affect law abiding citizens.


House Bill No. 7163
House Bill No. 7163 BY Lancia, Handy, Jacquard, McNamara ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL OFFENSES -- WEAPONS (Defines bump stock and trigger crank and makes possession of any firearm equipped with either device a felony punishable by up to ten (10) years imprisonment.)

This bill is similar to H7075, but it specifically targets bump fire stocks and trigger cranks. However, it has a mandatory prison term of 1-10 years and/or a fine of up to $5,000.


House Bill No. 7170
House Bill No. 7170 BY Bennett, Marshall, Chippendale, Hull, Vella-Wilkinson ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO FISH AND WILDLIFE -- HUNTING AND HUNTING SAFETY (Requires any person who sustains an injury to themselves or causes an injury to another while hunting or trapping to report the injury to the department of environmental management immediately.)

Today only injuries causes by firearms wile hunting, or when trapping, must be reported to the DEM. This bill would change it so that all injuries would have to be reported to the DEM, regardless of the severity of the injury.


House Bill No. 7184
House Bill No. 7184 BY Vella-Wilkinson, McNamara, Nardolillo, Edwards, Ajello ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL OFFENSES - SALE OF IVORY OR RHINOCEROS HORNS (Prohibits/establishes criminal penalties for the importing/selling/offering for sale/purchasing/bartering/possessing with intent to sell elephant ivory/rhinoceros horn with limited exceptions.)

This bill will prohibit the sale, import, and possession of ivory and this bill could affect those who have ivory handgrips on your pistols/revolvers.



House Bill No. 7588
House Bill No. 7588 (Attorney General) BY Canario, McLaughlin, Azzinaro, Edwards, Johnston ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL OFFENSES -- WEAPONS (Defines imitation firearm and provide that it is unlawful for any person to change, alter, remove, or obliterate any coloration or markings in any way that makes the imitation firearm look to be an operable firearm. Violation is a misdemeanor.)

This bill wil prohibit to alter ANY identification markings on a firearm even ifit is not a serial number. In other words, removing parts on a gun with the manufacturers logo or a factory barrel with an identification number would be illegal. It will also make it illegal to alter an imitation firearm to look like an operable firearm.




House Bill No. 7591
House Bill No. 7591 BY Kazarian, Ajello, Fogarty, Knight, Hearn ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL OFFENSES - WEAPONS - SAFE SCHOOLS ACT (Provides that only peace officers and persons approved by the school authorities for the purposes of educational instruction may carry firearms or other weapons on school grounds.)
This will prohibit CCW permit holders from carrying a firearm on school property and could leave people vulnerable at a very predictable time and place. The antis are pushing hard for this bill and we need to stop it.




House Bill No. 7597
House Bill No. 7597 (Attorney General) BY Diaz, Slater, Maldonado, Tobon, Cunha ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL OFFENSES -- WEAPONS (Makes it unlawful for any person to carry a rifle or shotgun in any vehicle or conveyance or on or about their person whether visible or concealed subject to certain exceptions.)
This bill will severely limit where a long gun can be carried in a vehicle and the exceptions are few (hunting and target shooting). It is even more restricted than for handguns for someone who has a CCW.




House Bill No. 7598
House Bill No. 7598 (Attorney General) BY Diaz, Slater, Maldonado, Cunha, Tobon ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL OFFENSES -- WEAPONS (Criminalizes possession of a firearm by a minor, except when the minor is engaged in certain activities and when accompanied by a parent, guardian, or qualified adult.)
It will severely limit where minors engaged in otherwise lawful activity can possess a firearm. For example, there is no provision for a teenager to take their firearm to a friend's property to hunt or target shoot.



House Bill No. 7643
House Bill No. 7643 (Attorney General) BY Johnston, Canario ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL OFFENSES -- WEAPONS (Provides that no person shall knowingly purchase or otherwise obtain a firearm on behalf of or transfer to a person who the transferor knows or reasonably should know is prohibited from possessing or receiving a firearm.)
No person shall knowingly purchase or otherwise obtain a firearm on behalf of or transfer to a person who the transferor knows or reasonably should know is prohibited from possessing or receiving a firearm under federal or state law.



House Bill No. 7644
House Bill No. 7644 (Attorney General) BY Slater, Regunberg, Blazejewski, Johnston, Maldonado ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL OFFENSES - WEAPONS (Provides that applicants for gun permits submit to national records check including fingerprinting by FBI.)
This bill puts a financial burden of unknown costs on CCW permit applicants.



House Bill No. 7645
House Bill No. 7645 BY Regunberg, Knight, Donovan, Ranglin-Vassell, Kazarian ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL OFFENSES - WEAPONS (Criminalizes the manufacture, import, possession, purchase, sale or transfer of any ammunition feeding device capable of accepting more than 10 rounds, known as high capacity magazines. Makes exceptions for law enforcement and the US armed forces.)
This is a REALLY bad bill that will ban detachable magazines holding more than 10 rounds! There is no grandfathering or compensation for existing magazines either!