Raimondo signs ‘ghost gun’ bill into law

Politics

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Gov. Gina Raimondo has signed a bill banning so-called “ghost guns” in Rhode Island.

The bill makes it illegal to manufacture, import, sell, ship, deliver, possess, transfer or receive any firearm that is made from plastic, fiberglass or through a 3D-printing process.

“We know that untraceable guns put our community at risk,” Raimondo said. “I’m proud to sign this legislation to help ensure that every gun in our state is registered, traceable, and in the hands of someone who is fit to carry the responsibility of owning a firearm.”

Rhode Island lawmakers sent the bill, sponsored by Sen. Cynthia Coyne and Rep. Patricia Serpa, to Raimondo’s desk last week.

“While I am a strong proponent of people’s right to bear arms, these devices simply lack the safety, reliability and accountability of conventional firearms and have become a menace to society,” Serpa said.

“Ghost guns, 3D-printed guns and undetectable plastic guns can easily facilitate criminal activity because they totally bypass the safeguards that protect the public,” Coyne added. “Our state laws should be very clear that possessing, creating or selling them is a criminal act, and we should be doing everything we can to keep these dangerous weapons from proliferating here.”

With Raimondo’s signature, the ban will be enforceable after 30 days. Anyone who violates the ban could serve up to 10 years in prison and accrue up to $10,000 in fines.

Rhode Island Moms Demand Action applauded the move, adding that Rhode Island is setting “a high standard for public safety.”

“Easy access to ghost guns undermines our gun laws, putting us all at risk,” Founder of Moms Demand Action Shannon Watts said. “After years of advocacy, Rhode Island Moms Demand Action volunteers helped see this life-saving legislation across the finish line.”

The Rhode Island Second Amendment Coalition for comment tells Eyewitness News they have no comment regarding the bill.

The banning of 3D-printed guns was one of the recommendations made in 2018 by the Rhode Island Working Group for Gun Safety, a 43-member task force that was assembled following the school shooting in Parkland, Fla.

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