July 6, 2022


The Rhode Island government is poised to infringe on the 2A rights of its citizens, including a confiscatory ban on magazines and purchase restrictions for adults under 21.

Per The Providence Journal, the state Senate Tuesday night approved legislation that would:

  • Outlaw the possession of standard capacity magazines that hold more than 10 rounds 
  • Raise the age to purchase firearms and ammunition from 18 to 21 
  • Prohibit one from openly carrying loaded long guns

There will be no “grandfather clause” for magazines that hold more than 10 rounds.  

Gun owners currently in possession of “large capacity feeding devices” will have 180 days to turn them over to police, sell or transfer them to individuals in other states where they are legal, or permanently modify them to only accept 10 rounds.  

“Critics will claim that no law can prevent the horrific mass killing we’ve seen in Buffalo, Uvalde, and so many other places. But the reality is that we can take meaningful action to reduce the risk of such a tragedy here in our state,” said Sen. Cynthia Coyne in a speech before the Senate.  

“Large-capacity magazines enable killing on a massive scale. That is their sole purpose. As such, they have no place on our streets and in our society,” added Coyne, a retired Rhode Island State Police trooper.

Initially, the sweeping mag ban stalled in the Senate Judiciary Committee with a 6-6 tie vote.  

However, Senate Majority Leader Michael McCaffrey (D-29) forced the measure through via an “immediate consideration” procedure that fast-tracked it to the floor for a vote before the entire chamber, according to WLNE

The full Senate then voted 25-11 to pass the mag ban. 

Alan Gottlieb, the founder of the Second Amendment Foundation, indicated that a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the legislation would be forthcoming.

“If banning magazines with more than 10 pages is unconstitutional under the first amendment why is banning magazines with more than ten bullets NOT unconstitutional under the second amendment?

“That is the question the Second Amendment Foundation will be asking the courts to decide,” Gottlieb told GunsAmerica via email.

All three bills will now head to the desk of Rhode Island Gov. Dan McKee, a Democrat. 

Gov. McKee has not yet indicated whether he plans to sign them into law but based on his political affiliation, it doesn’t look good for gun owners.

Stay tuned for updates.

About the author:
S.H. Blannelberry is the News Editor of GunsAmerica.





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