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December 26, 2023

Can the person the order is against get his/her gun back?

A person who had his/her gun taken away because of an extreme risk protection order can get the gun back when the order is no longer in effect. The gun will be returned to the respondent within ten days of asking for it if:

  1. s/he shows proof from the court that the extreme risk protective order ended or expired and was not renewed  and
  2. the law enforcement agency that has the gun checks the national criminal records and determines that there is no other reason why the person can’t have a gun under state or federal law.1 Note: See our Rhode Island State Gun Laws and Federal Gun Laws pages to learn about other reasons why someone cannot legally have a gun.

1 RI Gen. Laws § 8-8.3-8(a)