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     STATE OF RHODE ISLAND

IN GENERAL ASSEMBLY

JANUARY SESSION, A.D. 2017

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A N   A C T

RELATING TO CRIMINAL OFFENSES - WEAPONS

     

     Introduced By: Representatives Diaz, Slater, Williams, and Maldonado

     Date Introduced: January 27, 2017

     Referred To: House Judiciary

     (Attorney General)

It is enacted by the General Assembly as follows:

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     SECTION 1. Section 11-47-33 of the General Laws in Chapter 11-47 entitled "Weapons"

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is hereby amended to read as follows:

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     11-47-33. Possession of firearms by minors.

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     (a) It shall be unlawful within this state for any person under eighteen (18) years of age to

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possess and use any firearm. unless he or she shall hold a permit as provided in ยง 11-47-34, and

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unless the person is in the presence of a parent or guardian or supervising adult at any regular and

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recognized camp or rifle range approved by the Rhode Island state police or by the chief of police

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of the city or town in which the camp or rifle range is located; provided, that this provision shall

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not apply to minors engaged in lawful hunting activity under the supervision of a parent or

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guardian or qualified adult, minors participating in Reserve Officer Training Corps programs,

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ceremonial parade activities, competitive and target shooting, participants in state militia

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activities and minors participating in a basic firearms education program; provided, further, that a

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person under eighteen (18) years of age may carry a firearm, unloaded, in a suitable case to and

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from his or her home and the camp or range and from the camp or range to other camp or range

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when accompanied by a parent, guardian or supervising adult.

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     (b) The provision contained in subsection (a) of this section shall not apply to such

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persons that:

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     (1) Are in the presence of a parent or guardian or qualified adult at any regular and

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recognized shooting range or any range where the firearm may lawfully be shot;

 

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     (2) Are engaged in lawful hunting activity as provided in ยง20-13-5;

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     (3) Are participating in competitive or target shooting when accompanied by a parent,

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guardian or qualified adult; or

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     (4) Are participating in Reserve Officer Training Corps programs, ceremonial parade

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activities, participants in state militia activities or minors participating in a basic firearms

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education program.

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     (c) When accompanied by a parent, guardian, or qualified adult, a person under eighteen

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(18) years of age may transport a firearm, unloaded and encased in a hard-sided or soft-sided,

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locked case to and from their home and and the range and from the range to another range; or to

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and from their home when the firearm is being lawfully purchased or being repaired; or to and

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from all the activities exempted in subsection (b) of this section.

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     (b)(d) For purposes of this section only, "qualified adult" means any person twenty-one

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(21) eighteen (18) years of age or older and permitted by law to possess and use the firearm in

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question.

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     SECTION 2. This act shall take effect upon passage.

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EXPLANATION

BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL

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A N   A C T

RELATING TO CRIMINAL OFFENSES - WEAPONS

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     This act would criminalize the mere possession of a firearm by a minor and would

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provide for limited exceptions while the minor is in the presence of a qualified adult or

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participating in certain competitive or ceremonial events.

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     This act would take effect upon passage.

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