Title 11
Criminal Offenses

Chapter 47
Weapons

R.I. Gen. Laws 11-47-23



 11-47-23.  False information in securing firearm or license — Straw purchases.


(a) No person shall, in purchasing or otherwise securing delivery of a shotgun, rifle, pistol, or revolver, or in applying for a license or permit to carry it, give false information or offer false evidence of his or her identity.

(b) No person shall knowingly purchase or otherwise obtain a shotgun, rifle, pistol, or revolver on behalf of another person, or transfer a shotgun, rifle, pistol, or revolver to another person, whom the transferor knows or reasonably should know is prohibited from possessing a firearm under federal or state law.

(c) A first violation of the provisions of this section may be punished by a fine of not more than five thousand dollars ($5,000), imprisonment for not more than five (5) years, or both. A second or subsequent violation of the provisions of this section may be punished by a fine of not more than ten thousand dollars ($10,000), imprisonment for not more than ten (10) years, or both.

History of Section.
P.L. 1927, ch. 1025, 11; G.L. 1938, ch. 404, 11; G.L. 1956, 11-47-17; G.L., 11-47-23; P.L. 1959, ch. 75, 1; P.L. 1990, ch. 37, 2; P.L. 1990, ch. 300, 1; P.L. 2013, ch. 455, 3; P.L. 2013, ch. 464, 3; P.L. 2021, ch. 339, 1, effective July 12, 2021; P.L. 2021, ch. 340, 1, effective July 12, 2021.