UPDATED: Anti-Gun Bills in RI as of 3-29-14


For once I get to start one of these articles beginning with a positive note. Several of the most outrageous gun control bills have stalled in the House Judiciary Committee.  We want to thank everyone who made the difference in stopping these bills from making it out of committee. Every call, email, letter and testimony helped in the effort. Thank You, you should be proud.

These bills are not completely dead and could potentially be released from the committee and make it to the floor for a vote. The installation of a new House Speaker has resulted in new leadership within the committee. We won’t call this a slam dunk or plan to back down our efforts but we do expect a much better experience testifying than we received with Edith Ajello as the chairwoman. Speaking on behalf of RI Gun Blog and several other groups heavily involved in the fight to save our rights, we are excited and proud to see our friend Rep. Doreen Costa has been named the vice chair on the House Judiciary committee. Congratulations Doreen !

Looking forward there are still several bills waiting for hearing dates to be assigned. We have marked those which have already had a hearing and are held for further study.

Contact info Representatives

Contact info Senators

Click the title of each bill to view and/or download the bill in it’s entirety. They will open in a separate window so you will not lose this page.

H 7582 - held for further study in House, Senate waiting on hearing date  S2597 Removes a permit for minor to possess and use firearms. This permit never existed anyway.

H 7583held for further study Safe Firearms Act. This 9 page bill has a lot of confusing language but can be broken down pretty simply. It classifies almost every modern centerfire rifle and some shotguns as “assault weapons” and bans them completely in RI. A certificate of possession is mentioned and “The department” will adopt regulations to get a certificate, but as of now no such certificate exists. We cannot expect this certificate to ever exist. Current RI law 11-47-33 mentions a permit for minors to possess firearms. It does not exist and never has. The certificate of possession for “assault weapons” can easily be the same catch-22. Rep. Almeida also submitted H7584 calling for all out ban without any option for certificate/registration. This shows the TRUE COLORS of Rep. Almeida’s intentions. If he could get a registration, confiscation would not be far behind.

H 7584 -held for further study in House, Senate waiting on hearing date  - S2632 Gun Control and Safe Firearms Act – All out BAN  on “semiautomatic assault weapons,” and magazines with capacities over 10 rounds.

H 7585-held for further study  Ban of magazines over 10 rounds and creates criminals of non-compliant current magazine owners on Jan. 1, 2015.

H 7587 - S2622 Changes city and town carry permit process from shall issue to may issue. A grievance process was added but the fact that shall would be changed to may means this bill should be challenged

H 7588 held for further study in House, Senate waiting on hearing date S2642 This bill adds a restriction to prevent discharging a firearm from an aircraft. Most likely based off the helicopter incident that was prominently in the news last year. (bummer looks like fun).

S 2140 This bill bans lawful bird hunting in the upper part of Narragansett Bay. Some may not see this as a gun control bill but it is sponsored by known anti-gun senators and if it passes this opens the door for many more restrictions on hunting and shooting.

H7744 - S 2318 10% Supplemental Tax on Guns and Ammunition. Outrageous supplemental tax on a civil right ! This tax would be imposed on all firearm and ammunition purposes

H7838 - Bans lead ammunition from all hunting in RI. Expect this to expand to all out ban on lead ammo if we do not stop this !

H7857 - held for further study - Specific crimes would be subject to $50 court cost to fund private non-profit groups that support “non-violence”. The crimes are strictly firearm related, and the groups we believe are behind this bill do nothing to prevent violence, they simply run campaigns to ban firearm ownership ! Outrageous anti-gun poorly disguised as good for communities.

S2720 - Police officers may seize firearms, ammunition or other weapons from citizens without a warrant !!! This law provides a TON of discretion for the officer to make the decision to seize property. Their is a terrible process included to release property taken but it may take a while and the officer cannot be held liable for taking possessions.

H7838 - S2628 - This would BAN lead ammo from all hunting purposes and create DEM as the provider of ammunition. We ask everyone to spread the word of this bill to your local gun shops and see what they think of DEM taking away from their business. (Do not blame DEM. Our contacts have stated they did NOT ask or want this. This bill appears to come from a similar bill in California. )

There are other bills pertaining to domestic violence offenses and gun ownership restrictions. The language of these bills and some of the key points could be detrimental to gun owners who are arrested for NON-violent crimes such as disorderly conduct if it involves a family or domestic matter. We are not lawyers but it has been dissected by lawyers who believe with changes and clauses these bills do potentially target violent criminals and not law abiding citizens who made small mistakes.

Domestic Violence Bills below

H7310 + H7311 held for further study

S 2242  Waiting for hearing date

Lastly you can easily track these bill with the RI Bill Tracker, and we have prepared a simple How-To Guide in order to get started.


  • David Morton

    Maybe we should rename the Bills as “Bills to Protect Rhode Islanders from Gun Violence”?
    That would probably be a lot more accurate.