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Sub Adults: 18-20

Discussion in 'Rhode Island Laws' started by kiehtan, Mar 29, 2012.

  1. kiehtan

    kiehtan New Member

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    I can't seem to find anywhere in the laws where it sates that it is illegal for a citizen aged 18-20 to possess a handgun. I have found that it s illegal to "sell" to a person 18-20. Can anyone shed light on this for me?

    I understand one must be 21 to acquire a permit to carry 11-47-11
    One cannot "sell" to a person under 21, 11-47-37
    I am sure I’m missing something about blue cards and purchasing handgun s too.
    Jim
     
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    Tackdriver NES Member

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    Am I missing something?? In Mass (presumably where you are) in general you can not possess without a ltc. To get a LTC you need to be 21. I am operating on 1/2 cup of coffee this morning, but what is the confusion?

    Dave
     
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    Len-2A Training Instructor Dealer

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    Yup, he mentioned "blue cards" as a clue . . . and posted in the RI forum. [wink]
     
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    if you're under 21, and want to posess a handgun, there's a special ID that you need.

    Dogtags.

    Not only does this let you have a handgun; you also get to play with FA, destructive devices, etc., and get free international travel.

    'course, that's only "on the job" and you still can't have a beer.....
     
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    Tackdriver NES Member

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    I am now on my second cup of coffee and things are a bit clearer. Thanks

    Dave
     
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    If it's not in MA, it doesn't exist. I learned that on this forum.

    Anyway, back to the OP's question...

    Here are the possession laws as interpreted by nraila.org:

    ETA: Blue cards are only needed for purchase, not possession.
     
  7. kiehtan

    kiehtan New Member

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    Bingo LenS.

    I am a MA resident, but I work (and grew up) in RI, and have a RI LTC. I'm also an NRA instructor and do a lot of classes in MA. I just did one in RI, though, my first since they are not required for possession of a firearm in RI. I have to do a component on MA law to meet MA's requirements, and thought it would be a good idea to do the same for this RI class. I had a question on possession by a "subadult," and couldn't answer it. I know one must be 21 to acquire a RI permit, and believe to purchase as well. But, I couldn't find anywhere in the statutes that it stated it was expressly prohibited for a subadult to posses a handgun. I'll go back thorough and read the laws carefully, page by page. I was hoping someone might be familiar with the specific section of RI law, where they could perhaps quickly quote the section number.


    Thanks

    Jim
     
  8. Len-2A Training

    Len-2A Training Instructor Dealer

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    Jim,

    Rob Boudrie is probably one of the most knowledgeable Non-RI residents on here wrt RI gun laws. Ping him and perhaps he can answer that question for you.
     
  9. n1bsbri

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    You guys are going nuts trying to prove the negative. Here's the relevant statute prohibiting possession by a minor (under 18). That means over 18 is OK. This is the same info I posted in summary form in post #6 if you are following along.

    The except below is directly from the statute.

     
  10. kiehtan

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    Thanks. I was familiar with 11-47-33. I just wanted to make sure I wasn't missing something where 18-20 year olds are concerned. It seems the state made a point of preventing them from buying handguns, but not to own them. Goofy oversight but I don't want to provide false information. It's weird one could break a law by transfering handgun to an 18-20 year old, but the 18-20 year old that receives and possesses the handgun is not breaking a law.
     
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    Yes, I think you have the correct understanding. But remember, IANAL, and my advice is worth what you paid for it. [wink]

    Also, RI does not allow anyone, regardless of age, to "possess" a handgun outside of your own property, with a few specific exceptions (range, gunsmith, etc) unless you have a CCW.

    ETA: I think it is OK to give or do a private sale to 18-20 yr old, but I have not studied that part of the firearms act, so I'm on shaky ground with that advice.
     
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