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49 total bills, 21 anti-gun bills,
13 pro-gun bills for this session
Proposed Rhode Island Firearm Legislation

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note: Rhode Island has a limited carry over of legislation between sessions

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H5155

Title: Mental Health Law

Description: Includes licensed advanced practice registered nurses (APRN), certified in psychiatric/mental health, as qualified to certify the need for mental health treatment in certain patients.

Last Action: Committee recommended measure be held for further study

Last Action Date: March 1, 2021

this is an anti-gun bill

H5381

Title: Weapons

Description: Requires firearm sellers to require purchaser to execute medical authorization/release form for release of records relating to addiction/alcoholism/mental health illness for a period of five (5) years.

Last Action: Committee recommended measure be held for further study

Last Action Date: March 19, 2021

this is an anti-gun bill

H5386

Title: Weapons

Description: Prohibits obtaining/purchasing/transferring a firearm on behalf of another person if other person prohibited from possessing firearm with increase in penalties for those offenses and applications amended to state number of firearms purchased.

Last Action: Committee recommended measure be held for further study

Last Action Date: March 19, 2021

this is an anti-gun bill

H5553

Title: Weapons

Description: Felony to store firearms unlocked.

Last Action: Committee recommended measure be held for further study

Last Action Date: March 19, 2021

this is an anti-gun bill

H5554

Title: Large Capacity Feeding Device Ban Of 2021

Description: Bans firearm magazines that hold ten (10) or more rounds.

Last Action: Committee recommended measure be held for further study

Last Action Date: March 19, 2021

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H5555

Title: Weapons

Description: Prohibits the possession of firearms on school grounds except for peace officers, retired law enforcement officers, persons under contract to provide school security services, and unloaded firearms in locked containers or a locked rack on motor vehicles.

Last Action: Committee recommended measure be held for further study

Last Action Date: March 19, 2021

this is an anti-gun bill

H5556

Title: Assault Weapons

Description: Bans the possession, sale, and transfer of assault weapons.

Last Action: Committee recommended measure be held for further study

Last Action Date: March 19, 2021

this is an anti-gun bill

H5557

Title: Weapons

Description: Provides that any person eighteen (18) years of age who is issued a license may carry a stun gun. This act would also add "tasers" to the definition of "firearm" and would provide for an appeal process for denial of an application for a permit.

Last Action: Committee recommended measure be held for further study

Last Action Date: March 19, 2021

this is an pro-gun bill

H5558

Title: Weapons

Description: Allows those persons with concealed carry permits issued by other states to carry upon their person weapons in Rhode Island provided that the issuing state recognizes and gives reciprocity to RI permit holders.

Last Action: Committee recommended measure be held for further study

Last Action Date: March 19, 2021

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H5633

Title: Ordinances

Description: Allows cities and towns to create ordinances to regulate use and sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products.

Last Action: Committee recommended measure be held for further study

Last Action Date: March 25, 2021

this is an pro-gun bill

H5639

Title: Weapons

Description: Allows reciprocal concealed carry permits from out of state to be valid in Rhode Island, which is either authorized by the attorney general or subject to other reciprocal restrictions.

Last Action: Committee recommended measure be held for further study

Last Action Date: March 19, 2021

this is an anti-gun bill

H5726

Title: Weapons

Description: Defines rifle and shotgun and makes it unlawful to possess a loaded rifle or shotgun in public subject to various exemptions for law enforcement and other authorized individuals.

Last Action: Committee recommended measure be held for further study

Last Action Date: March 19, 2021

this is an pro-gun bill

H5730

Title: Weapons

Description: Authorizes the attorney general to enter into a reciprocal agreement with Massachusetts and/or Connecticut for handgun permits.

Last Action: Committee recommended measure be held for further study

Last Action Date: March 19, 2021

this is an anti-gun bill

H5882

Title: Weapons

Description: Amends the definition of firearms to include tasers, as well as define taser and stun gun.

Last Action: Committee recommended measure be held for further study

Last Action Date: March 19, 2021

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H5941

Title: Emergency Management

Description: Allows the governor to renew an initial 30 day executive order or proclamation of a state of disaster emergency by the governor for 2 additional 30 day extensions.

Last Action: Committee recommended measure be held for further study

Last Action Date: March 24, 2021

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H5942

Title: Weapons

Description: Prohibits schools from offering employment incentives or bonuses to teachers on the condition that the teacher either is or becomes licensed to carry a weapon.

Last Action: Committee recommended measure be held for further study

Last Action Date: March 19, 2021

this is an anti-gun bill

H5969

Title: Weapons

Description: Defines rifle and shotguns as weapons and makes unlawful possession of a loaded rifle/shotgun in public with exceptions punishable up to five (5) years in prison or a $5,000 fine.

Last Action: Committee recommended measure be held for further study

Last Action Date: March 19, 2021

this is an anti-gun bill

H5970

Title: Weapons

Description: Increases the age from eighteen (18) to twenty-one (21) years for lawful sale of firearms or ammunition. Full-time law enforcement, state marshals and members of the U.S. military be exempt from these prohibitions.

Last Action: Committee recommended measure be held for further study

Last Action Date: March 19, 2021

this is an anti-gun bill

H5971

Title: Weapons

Description: Creates an appeal for applicants denied a concealed firearms permit/firearms transfer with the right to superior court hearing with all records deemed as non-public records.

Last Action: Committee recommended measure be held for further study

Last Action Date: March 19, 2021

this is an pro-gun bill

H5972

Title: Weapons

Description: Permits Rhode Island residents, twenty-one (21) years of age or older, to carry a concealed handgun, without a permit.

Last Action: Committee recommended measure be held for further study

Last Action Date: March 19, 2021

this is an pro-gun bill

H5973

Title: Weapons

Description: Permits the open and concealed carry of weapons by any person in the act of evacuating the area pursuant to an order of the governor or local authority under chapter 15 of title 30.

Last Action: Committee recommended measure be held for further study

Last Action Date: March 19, 2021

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H5989

Title: Mandatory Vaccination Agreement Prohibited

Description: Prohibits discrimination against individuals who refuse to be vaccinated.

Last Action: Committee recommended measure be held for further study

Last Action Date: April 6, 2021

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H5991

Title: Burglary And Breaking And Entering

Description: Adds a rebuttable defense if any person shall die or sustain a personal injury while committing robbery of the owner, lessor, or occupant of a motor vehicle and that the owner or occupant of the vehicle acted in self defense.

Last Action: Committee recommended measure be held for further study

Last Action Date: March 9, 2021

this is an pro-gun bill

H5992

Title: Burglary And Breaking And Entering

Description: Provides a rebuttable defense if any person shall die or sustain a personal injury while committing any violent criminal offense that individual is lawfully in a place they have a right to be, and acted in self-defense and reasonable belief of harm.

Last Action: Committee recommended measure be held for further study

Last Action Date: March 9, 2021

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H6023

Title: Health And Safety Of Pupils

Description: Creates Rhode Island School Security Committee for school security.

Last Action: Withdrawn at sponsor's request (03/31/2021)

Last Action Date: March 28, 2021

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H6081

Title: Courts

Description: Removes references to minors in certain sections relative to domestic assault protective orders as the family court currently has jurisdiction over protective orders involving minors.

Last Action: Committee recommended measure be held for further study

Last Action Date: March 31, 2021

this is an anti-gun bill

H6082

Title: Weapons

Description: Defines "electric arm" subjects to various protections of firearms/removes stun gun from the prohibited weapons list.

Last Action: Committee recommended measure be held for further study

Last Action Date: March 19, 2021

this is an anti-gun bill

H6146

Title: Weapons

Description: Repeals authority to local authorities to issue concealed carry permits to, repeals provisions allowing minors to carry firearms, requires national background check for permit, repeals provisions allowing permits to be issued to law enforcement officers.

Last Action: Introduced, referred to House Judiciary

Last Action Date: March 17, 2021

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S0073

Title: The Harold M. Metts School Safety Act Of 2021

Description: Prohibits possession of firearms on school grounds except for peace officers, retired law enforcement officers, persons under contract to provide school security services, and unloaded firearms in locked containers or a locked rack on motor vehicles.

Last Action: Committee recommended measure be held for further study

Last Action Date: April 12, 2021

this is an anti-gun bill

S0129

Title: Weapons

Description: Repeals authority to local authorities to issue concealed carry permits to, repeals provisions allowing minors to carry firearms, requires national background check for permit, repeals provisions allowing permits to be issued to law enforcement officers.

Last Action: Committee recommended measure be held for further study

Last Action Date: April 12, 2021

this is an anti-gun bill

S0176

Title: Weapons

Description: Amends the definition of firearms to include tasers, as well as define taser and stun gun.

Last Action: Committee recommended measure be held for further study

Last Action Date: April 12, 2021

this is an pro-gun bill

S0191

Title: Procedure Generally - Causes Of Action

Description: Provides for a cause of action against an individual or entity that prohibits the possession of firearms on real property, except residences, by an individual that is authorized and licensed to carry a firearm.

Last Action: Committee recommended measure be held for further study

Last Action Date: April 12, 2021

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S0255

Title: Emergency Management

Description: Limits the governor to one thirty (30) day renewal of a declaration of emergency without a joint resolution of the general assembly.

Last Action: Committee recommended measure be held for further study

Last Action Date: April 15, 2021

this is an anti-gun bill

S0406

Title: Weapons

Description: Felony to store firearms unlocked.

Last Action: Committee recommended measure be held for further study

Last Action Date: April 12, 2021

this is an anti-gun bill

S0414

Title: Large Capacity Feeding Device Ban Of 2021

Description: Bans firearm magazines that hold ten (10) or more rounds.

Last Action: Committee recommended measure be held for further study

Last Action Date: April 12, 2021

this is an anti-gun bill

S0415

Title: Assault Weapons

Description: Bans the possession, sale, and transfer of assault weapons. Assault weapons owned on the effective date of this act would be "grandfathered" subject to certain registration provisions.

Last Action: Committee recommended measure be held for further study

Last Action Date: April 12, 2021

this is an anti-gun bill

S0416

Title: Weapons

Description: Prohibits obtaining/purchasing/transferring a firearm on behalf of another person if other person prohibited from possessing firearm with increase in penalties for those offenses and applications amended to state number of firearms purchased.

Last Action: Committee recommended measure be held for further study

Last Action Date: April 12, 2021

this is an anti-gun bill

S0417

Title: Weapons

Description: Defines rifle and shotguns as weapons and makes unlawful possession of a loaded rifle/shotgun in public with exceptions punishable up to five (5) years in prison or a $5,000 fine.

Last Action: Committee recommended measure be held for further study

Last Action Date: April 12, 2021

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S0419

Title: Weapons

Description: Defines "electric arm" subjects to various protections of firearms/removes stun gun from the prohibited weapons list.

Last Action: Committee recommended measure be held for further study

Last Action Date: April 12, 2021

this is an pro-gun bill

S0507

Title: Weapons

Description: Permits Rhode Island residents, twenty-one (21) years of age or older, to carry a concealed handgun, without a permit.

Last Action: Committee recommended measure be held for further study

Last Action Date: April 12, 2021

this is an pro-gun bill

S0508

Title: Weapons

Description: Allows an individual to lawfully possess a device that would silence the sound of a natural report of a rifle or shotgun to hunt game, as long as the host rifle or shotgun is allowed.

Last Action: Committee recommended measure be held for further study

Last Action Date: April 12, 2021

this is an pro-gun bill

S0509

Title: Weapons

Description: Allows reciprocal concealed carry permits from out of state to be valid in Rhode Island, which is either authorized by the attorney general or subject to other reciprocal restrictions.

Last Action: Committee recommended measure be held for further study

Last Action Date: April 12, 2021

this is an pro-gun bill

S0517

Title: Weapons

Description: Prohibits the sale or possession of firearm silencers unless the person complies with federal law in the sale, possession and use.

Last Action: Committee recommended measure be held for further study

Last Action Date: April 12, 2021

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S0522

Title: Weapons -- Access To Public Records

Description: Amends various laws related to firearms.

Last Action: Committee recommended measure be held for further study

Last Action Date: April 12, 2021

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S0526

Title: Access To Public Records

Description: Exempts from "public records" availability, all those documents, evidence and records of proceedings considered by the "relief from disqualifiers board and appellate courts" involving request for relief from firearm prohibitions.

Last Action: Committee recommended measure be held for further study

Last Action Date: April 15, 2021

this is an pro-gun bill

S0530

Title: Burglary And Breaking And Entering

Description: Adds a rebuttable defense if any person shall die or sustain a personal injury while committing robbery of the owner, lessor, or occupant of a motor vehicle and that the owner or occupant of the vehicle acted in self defense.

Last Action: Committee recommended measure be held for further study

Last Action Date: March 25, 2021

this is an pro-gun bill

S0533

Title: Burglary And Breaking And Entering

Description: Provides a rebuttable defense if any person shall die or sustain a personal injury while committing any violent criminal offense that individual is lawfully in a place they have a right to be, and acted in self-defense and reasonable belief of harm.

Last Action: Committee recommended measure be held for further study

Last Action Date: March 25, 2021

this is an anti-gun bill

S0737

Title: Weapons

Description: Authorizes the police authority making a background check of an applicant to invoice the seller of concealable weapons, rifles or shotguns a twenty-five dollar ($25.00) fee per non-disqualifying background check.

Last Action: Committee recommended measure be held for further study

Last Action Date: April 12, 2021

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S0742

Title: Weapons

Description: (Includes the chief inspector and inspector as those exempt from carrying a firearm without a permit and defines them as peace officers.

Last Action: Committee recommended measure be held for further study

Last Action Date: April 12, 2021

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