EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Sunday, Dec. 18, was the deadline for Rhode Islanders to comply with the state’s ban on high-capacity magazines.
On Wednesday, a federal judge upheld the new state law, which prohibits having magazines that hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition.
Brenda Jacob from the Rhode Island Revolver and Rifle Association said the legislation will impact all types of gun owners, especially those with older firearms.
“It’s going to affect anyone who has older firearms or antique firearms,” she explained. “It’s going to render most of those firearms obsolete because you can’t get replacement magazines and you can’t modify those magazines.”
The magazine ban is one of three gun-related laws set to go into effect over the next few weeks.
R.I. Senate President Dominick Ruggerio and House Speaker Joseph Shekarchi released a joint statement saying the legislation was “carefully developed and thoroughly reviewed” prior to being signed into law back in June.
“We firmly believe that the restrictions are necessary, reasonable and in the best interests of public safety, and that they would be upheld in a court of law, just as similar provisions in other states have been upheld,” the statement said.
Rhode Islanders were given a 180-day grace period to turn their high-capacity magazines over to police, sell them to out-of-state firearms dealers, or permanently modify them to be incapable of holding more than 10 rounds of ammunition.