R.I. Democrat Pushes Draconian “Assault Weapons” Ban Worse Than N.Y. & Connecticut


Bob Owens
Bearing Arms
February 28, 2014

Gun-grabbing Democrat Representative Joseph S. Almeida introduced deceptively titled “Safe Firearms Act” (H 7583) yesterday to the Rhode Island General Assembly yesterday.

The lower receiver of an AR-15, which can take an almost limitless amount of accessories. Credit: robscomputer / Flickr

The lower receiver of an AR-15, which can take an almost limitless amount of accessories. Credit: robscomputer / Flickr

The citizen control law (PDF) is more restrictive than controversial laws in New York and Connecticut in some respects. It bans the purchase of so-defined “assault weapons” immediately upon enactment, and requires registration of all firearms that meet the definition.

The bill, referred to the House Judiciary Committee, targets selective-fire and semi-automatic rifles, shotguns, and pistols, both rimfire and centerfire, and adds a constructive possession clause that would deem any otherwise compliant firearm an “assault weapon” if the owner also owned:

A part or combination of parts designed or intended to convert a firearm into an assault weapon, as defined in this section, or any combination of parts from which an assault weapon, as defined in this section, may be rapidly assembled if those parts are in the possession or under the control of the same person.

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