New Rhode Island ‘Ghost Gun’ Ban Carries Upto 10 Yrs in Prison
By Chris Eger
Rhode Island gun owners with unserialized firearms could catch a decade in state prison under a new bill speeding to Gov. Raimondo. (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)
Lawmakers in Rhode Island’s Democrat-controlled General Assembly have approved a strict ban on a variety of often hobbyist-built homemade guns.
The anti-gun measure, 2020-S 2004B/2020-H 7102Aaa, prohibits anyone from “manufacturing, selling, offering to sell, transferring, purchasing, possessing, or having under his or her control” any firearm that doesn’t have a serial number or is made almost exclusively of plastics or through a 3-D printing process. The bill passed the Rhode Island House of Representatives 61-8 last week after an earlier passage by the state Senate.
“Ghost guns, 3-D printed guns, and undetectable plastic guns can easily facilitate criminal activity because they totally bypass the safeguards that protect the public,” said state Sen. Cynthia A. Coyne, D-32, a sponsor of the measure. “Our state laws should be very clear that possessing, creating, or selling them is a criminal act, and we should be doing everything we can to keep these dangerous weapons from proliferating here.”
The legislation includes a punishment for violations of up to 10 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines and was backed by groups