COVID-19 and Guns in Rhode Island

A timeline of RI events that produced a 132% Increase in NICS Background Checks in March 2020 – putting us at the top of the list of U.S. states.

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2/29

First COVID case reported

RI Department of Health

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3/9

Gov. Raimondo Declares Disaster Emergency

Executive Order 20-02

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3/16

Boston Globe reporting runs on ammo and big surge in gun sales in West Warwick and Coventry

bostonglobe.com

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3/16

Gov. Raimondo limits groups to 25 or less

Executive Order 20-04

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3/17

WJAR reports huge spike in gun sales in Exeter and Warwick

turnto10.com

3/20

RI Police Chief's Assoc. asks Gov. to extend background checks due to surge in gun sales

RIPAC letter to Gov. Raimondo

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3/20

Gov. Raimondo extends timeframe for NICS background checks from 7 to 30 days.

Executive Order 20-07

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3/21

Newport Daily News reports big spike in sales at Aquidneck Island gun shops.

providencejournal.com

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3/22

Gov. Raimondo limits groups to 10

Executive Order 20-09

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3/24

WPRI reports big uptick in gun sales in Tiverton, Warwick, Richmond

wpri.com

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3/28

Providence Journal reports first coronavirus death

providencejournal.com

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3/28

Gov. Raimondo limits groups to less 5 or less, designates liquor and firearms stores as essential services

Executive Order 20-13

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4/2

ABC affiliate in N.C. reports FBI backgroud checks in RI up 132%, highest in the U.S.

abc11.com

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4/17

Gov. Raimondo extends executive order for NICS background checks

Executive Order 20-28