Ghost Guns Ban Becomes Law in Rhode Island

In June 2020, Gov. Gina Raimondo signed a bill into law that bans untraceable “ghost guns” in Rhode Island.  

Since ghost guns are from plastic or fiberglass using a 3D printer, they do not have serial numbers and are generally undetectable by metal detectors. Individuals could buy parts to create ghost guns online and assemble them at home using simple tools.  

The new law makes producing, owning, purchasing, selling or transferring 3D-printed ghost guns and other undetectable firearms a felony offense, which carries a maximum prison sentence of 10 years and fines of up to $10,000. The law went into effect in mid-July. 

The Senate passed the bill in January to ban 3D guns, then the House passes a similar legislation at the beginning of February. Back then, Gov. Raimondo supported the House version of the bill and the Senate then amended its version to match. 

Back in January, the Senate introduced a bill that would make it illegal to carry a firearm on all public and private school property, from classrooms and campus grounds to school buses. Only police officers, retired law enforcement officials, or a school-contracted safety officer could legally carry a firearm on school grounds. 

If you or a loved one is facing a gun crime charge in Rhode Island, contact The Law Office of Thomas C. Thomasian, Esq today at (401) 312-4385 to for a free initial consultation. Serving clients in Providence and beyond for more than a decade.