LEAP Forward
Politicizing Guns since 2017


Rhode Island H 5786 - 3D Printed Guns

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Rhode Island H 5786


by Mia Ackerman (D), Patricia Serpa (D)

LEAP Forward Position: Support

In November 2017, Kevin Janson Neal massacred five people and wounded nine others in Tehama County, California, using two semi-automatic rifles he built himself. A criminal protective order and a separate restraining order that had been placed on Neal in January—he was charged with assault with a deadly weapon after allegedly stabbing and beating two neighbors he held at gunpoint—meant Neal wouldn’t have passed a background check if he’d tried.

- Newtown Action Alliance


Chapter 11-47 of the General Laws entitled “Weapons” is hereby amended 1 by adding thereto the following section: 2

11-47-8.2. Certain weapons prohibited. 3

(a) Definitions. When used in this section the following terms shall have the following 4 meanings: 5

(1) “3D printing process” means 3D printing or additive manufacturing which is a 6 process of making three dimensional solid objects from a computer file and shall include any of 7 various processes in which material is joined or solidified under computer control to create a 8 three (3) dimensional object, with material being added together including liquid molecules, or 9 powder grains. 10

(2) “Major component” means, with respect to a firearm: 11

(i) The slide or cylinder or the frame or receiver of the firearm; and 12

(ii) In the case of a rifle or shotgun, includes the barrel of the firearm. 13

(b) It shall be unlawful for any person to manufacture, import, sell, ship, deliver, possess, 14 transfer, or receive any firearm that: 15

(1) After removal of all parts, other than a major component, is not as detectable by walk- 16 through metal detectors commonly used at airports or other public buildings; or 17

(2) Any major component of which, if subjected to inspection by the types of detection 18 devices commonly used at airports or other public buildings for security screening, would not 19

generate an image that accurately depicts the shape of the component. 1

(3) Is manufactured wholly of plastic, fiberglass, or through a 3D printing process. 2

(c) Any person who violates this section shall be punished by imprisonment of not more 3 than ten (10) years, or by a fine of not more than ten thousand dollars ($10,000), or both. 4