Rhode Island communities continue to have a high number of illegal firearms, according to the Gun Crimes Report released by the R.I. Attorney General Peter Neronha. The report revealed that last year, 799 cases involving illegal firearms were charged and disposed of, with 486 cases being from Providence County, and 144 cases involving multiple firearms. The report also highlighted the state’s efforts to combat violent crime and their enforcement of firearms laws, including the high-capacity magazine ban signed into law last summer. The report revealed that ghost guns, assault weapons, and high-capacity magazines are prevalent throughout the state. There were 66 cases involving ghost guns last year, with nearly all being sourced from Polymer80. Prosecutors are seeing a “significant amount of ghost guns associated with violent crime in Rhode Island.”

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