Rhode Island has relatively strong gun laws, earning a B+ in our Annual Gun Law Scorecard. The state enacted an extreme risk protection order law in 2018 that empowers law enforcement to temporarily disarm individuals at elevated risk of violence. In 2017, Rhode Island had the fourth-lowest gun death rate among the states and imported twice as many crime guns as it exported. To help save lives from gun violence, Rhode Island legislators should consider restricting untraceable and undetectable firearms (also known as ghost guns) and funding community violence intervention programs.

  • Universal background checks

  • Safety training for handgun purchasers

  • Gun dealer licensing

  • Waiting period

  • Extreme risk protection order law

  • Firearm prohibition and removal procedure for domestic abusers

  • Lost and stolen firearm reporting

  • Assault weapon, 50 caliber rifle, and large capacity magazine ban

  • Bulk firearm purchase restrictions

  • Firearm registration

  • Handgun design safety standards

  • Local governments have authority to regulate firearms and ammunition