Rhode Island lawmakers are focusing on 3-D printed guns and firearms often called ‘ghost guns’.
“Gun violence is a matter of public health,” Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo said as she signed several bills into law on Tuesday banning so-called 'ghost guns' and other untraceable firearms.
While she didn't discuss how using a gun to protect your life could keep you healthy and alive, Raimondo did claim “I am proud to sign [the bills] because it is an important step in common sense gun reforms.”
3-D printed guns are made with plastic allowing them to remain undetected by metal detectors. These guns typically come in kits and are assembled by the buyer, meaning no background check is required and the firearm does not have a serial number, making them untraceable.
The process of constructing the gun is legal, but the legislation now makes that a crime.
The new law that goes into effect in 30 days will assign up to 10 years in prison and up to 10,000 dollars in fines if an individual is caught manufacturing, importing, selling, shipping, delivering, processing, transferring, or receiving any type of 3-D firearm or ghost gun.
Police Commander Col. James Manni admits that making things illegal doesn’t make them inaccessible.
Manni reportedly told WJAR10 that he believed that 3-D printed firearms and ghost guns are purposely made to sell weapons to people who otherwise would be unable to obtain firearms.