RI 2020 Background Checks Dwarfing Previous Years

42,401 FBI Background Checks from January to October 2020 74.23% Increase Over 2019 Total Rhode Island FBI firearm background checks, known as NICS, have already exceeded the total for the entire year of 2019 with 2 months left to go in 2020! This reflects the...

Coronavirus and Guns in RI

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. February 29, 2020 First COVID case reported RI Department of Health   March 9, 2020 Gov. Raimondo declares...

RI Leads Nation in Background Checks

132% Increase from February to March in Rhode Island These figures do not indicate gun sales, only that a background check was conducted. A person that has a clean background check may purchase more than one firearm. Rounding out the top ten states with the highest...

RI Police Chiefs Struggle with Surge in FBI Background Checks

Following National Trend, RI Police Struggle with Massive Increase in Gun Permit Applications In a letter to Gov. Raimondo, dated March 20th, Col. Sid Wordell, Executive Director of the RI Police Chiefs’ Association, requested an extension of the legal time frame to...