Rhode Island defines all non-powder guns as firearms, ensuring that felons and other persons prohibited from possessing firearms are similarly barred from possessing dangerous non-powder guns.1

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Notes
  1. R.I. Gen. Laws § 11-47-2(3). Several of the provisions under the state’s weapons code do not apply to non-powder guns, including R.I. Gen. Laws §§ 11-47-5.1 (larceny of a firearm), 11-47-30 (sales/transfers of firearms to minors), 11-47-31 (sales/transfers of ammunition to minors), 11-47-35.2 (sales of rifles and shotguns) and 11-47-40 (keeping a register of sales of firearms and displaying concealable firearms for sale). ⤴︎