It’s time to update Rhode Island’s gun laws

It’s time to update Rhode Island’s gun laws

Before you reflexively retreat to your comfortable pro-Second Amendment or pro-gun control corner, consider the following; First, while Rhode Islanders can own other firearms, they are not permitted to own stun guns or tasers. Second, any Rhode Islander denied a license to carry a concealed firearm has no choice but to take their appeal all the way to the Rhode Island Supreme Court to exercise that right. In 2018, only three states had laws banning civilian possession of stun guns and tasers: New York, Hawaii, and Rhode Island. In 2019 that list shrunk to two states as a federal court struck down New York’s ban. Once again, Rhode Island continues to lag behind other states. Obtaining a license to carry a firearm remains a lengthy and challenging process, as many believe it should be. Beyond the application and fee, it involves background checks, the careful inspection of a certified instructor, and numerous references. Even if a candidate is squeaky clean and can check off the required boxes, it remains very likely that a candidate will be denied. Once denied, the candidate’s only recourse is to have their case heard at the Rhode Island Supreme Court – an intimidating and cost-prohibitive option for most Rhode Islanders. Further, having your case heard before the Rhode Island Supreme Court may bring an unwanted spotlight to the litigant. Many people may not want to disclose to their family members, colleagues, and employers that they applied for a concealed carry permit. To remedy both […]

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