Rhode Island generally prohibits the manufacture, sale, purchase, or possession of a machine gun.1 The state Attorney General may, however, issue to any person, firm, or corporation engaged in manufacturing in the state a license or permit to manufacture and sell machine guns and any or all machine gun parts.2

In 2018, Rhode Island also enacted a law that makes it an offense to convert a semiautomatic firearm to fire as a fully automatic firearm.3

This new law also prohibits possession of certain devices intended to attach to a semiautomatic firearm to increase the weapon’s rate of fire, such as bump stocks, trigger cranks, and binary triggers, as well as any other device that, when attached to a semiautomatic weapon, “allows full automatic fire.”4

See our Machine Guns and Automatic Firearms policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.

Notes
  1. R.I. Gen. Laws § 11-47-8(a). ⤴︎
  2. R.I. Gen. Laws § 11-47-19. ⤴︎
  3. R.I. Gen. Laws § 11-47-8.1 (enacted by 2017 RI H 7075 and 2017 RI SB 2292. ⤴︎
  4. R.I. Gen. Laws § 11-47-8(d) (enacted by 2017 RI H 7075 and 2017 RI SB 2292. ⤴︎