House Bill #5510 (2017)

AN ACT RELATING TO COURTS AND CIVIL PROCEDURE--COURTS -- DOMESTIC ASSAULT - PROTECT RHODE ISLAND FAMILIES ACT

Limits access to firearms when an individual is under certain types of domestic restraining orders or protective orders issued or renewed on or after July 1, 2017.

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  • S TATE OF RHODE IS L AND
  • IN GENERAL ASSEMBLY
  • JANUARY SESSION, A.D. 2017
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  • A N A C T
  • RELATINGTO COURTSAND CIVIL PROCEDURE–COURTS – DOMESTIC ASSAULT -
  • PROTECT RHODE ISLAND FAMILIES ACT
  • S T A T E O F R H O D E I S L A N D
  • IN GENERAL ASSEMBLY
  • JANUARY SESSION, A.D. 2017
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  • A N A C T
  • AN ACT RELATING TO COURTS AND CIVIL PROCEDURE–COURTS – DOMESTIC
  • ASSAULT - PROTECT RHODE ISLAND FAMILIES ACT
  • Introduced By: Representatives Tanzi, Amore, Fogarty, Ruggiero, and Maldonado
  • Date Introduced: February 15, 2017
  • Referred To: House Judiciary
  • It is enacted by the General Assembly as follows:
  • SECTION 1. Section 8-8.1-3 of the General Laws in Chapter 8-8.1 entitled "Domestic Assault" is hereby amended to read as follows:
  • 8-8.1-3. Protective orders – Penalty – Jurisdiction.
  • (a) A person suffering from domestic abuse may file a complaint in the district court requesting any order which will protect her or him from the abuse, including but not limited to the following:
  • (1) Ordering that the defendant be restrained and enjoined from contacting, assaulting, molesting or otherwise interfering with the plaintiff at home, on the street, or elsewhere, whether the defendant is an adult or minor;
  • (2) Ordering the defendant to vacate the household forthwith, unless the defendant holds sole legal interest in the household;
  • (3) Upon motion by the plaintiff, his or her address shallbe released only at the discretion of the district court judge;
  • (4)(b) After notice to the respondent and after a hearing, the court, in addition to any other restrictions, may shall, for any protective order issued or renewed on or after July 1, 2017, order the defendant a person retrained under this section to surrender physical possession of all firearms in his or her possession, care, custody or control, and shall further order a person restrained under this section not to purchase or receive or attempt to purchase or receive any firearms while the protective order is in effect.
  • (3) Upon motion by the plaintiff, his or her address shall be released only at the discretion of the district court judge;
  • (4) Ordering the defendant to surrender physical possession of all firearms in their possession, care, custody, or control and shall further order a person restrained not to purchase or receive or attempt to purchase or receive any firearms while the protective order is in effect. The defendant shall surrender said firearms within twenty-four (24) hours of notice of the protective order to the Rhode Island state police or local police department or to a federally licensed firearms dealer.
  • (i) A person ordered to surrender possession of any firearm(s) pursuant to this section shall, within seventy-two (72) hours after being served with the order, either:
  • (A) File with the court a receipt showing the firearm(s) was physically surrendered to the Rhode Island state police or local police department, or to a federally licensed firearm dealer; or
  • (B) Attest to the court that, at the time of the order, the person had no firearms in their immediate physical possession or control or subject to their immediate physical possession or control, and that the person, at the time of the attestation, has no firearms in their immediate physical possession or control or subject to their immediate physical possession or control.
  • (ii) If a person restrained under this section transfers a firearm(s) to a federally licensed firearms dealer pursuant to this section, the person restrained under this section may instruct the federally licensed firearms dealer to sell the firearm(s) or to transfer ownership in accordance with state and federal law, to a qualified named individual who is not a member of the person's dwelling house, who is not related to the person by blood, marriage, or relationship as defined by §15-15-1(3), and who is not prohibited from possessing firearms under state or federal law. The owner of any firearm(s) sold shall receive any financial value received from their sale, less the cost associated with taking possession of, storing, and transferring of the firearm(s).
  • (iii) Every individual to whom possession of a firearm(s) is transferred pursuant to this subsection shall be prohibited from transferring or returning any firearm(s) to the person restrained under this section while the protective order remains in effect and shall be informed of this prohibition. Any knowing violation of this subsection is a felony which shall be punishable by a fine of not more than one thousand dollars ($1,000), or by imprisonment for a term of not less than one year and not more than five (5) years, or both.
  • (iv) An individual to whom possession of a firearm(s) is transferred pursuant to this subsection shall return a firearm(s) to person formerly restrained under this section only if the person formerly restrained under this section provides documentation issued by a court indicating that the restraining order issued pursuant to this section that prohibited the person from purchasing, carrying, transporting, or possessing firearms has expired and has not been extended.
  • (4)(b) After notice to the respondent and after a hearing, which shall be held within fifteen (15) days of surrendering said firearms, the court , in addition to any other restrictions, may, for any protective order issued or renewed on or after July 1, 2017, continue the order the defendant to of surrender physical possession of all firearms in his or her possession, care, custody or control, and shall further order a person restrained under this section not to purchase or receive or attempt to purchase or receive any firearms while the protective order is in effect.
  • (b) Any individual who accepts physical possession of a firearm pursuant to this section is prohibited from returning any firearm to any defendant under a restraining order during the existence of the restraining order. Violation of this provision shall subject both the defendant and the individual responsible for the return of the firearm to the defendant, to being found in contempt of court.
  • (c) The district court shall provide a notice on allforms requesting a protective order that, at the hearing for a protective order, the defendant a person restrained under this section shall may be ordered pursuant to §11-47-5 to surrender possession or controlof any firearms and not to purchase or receive or attempt to purchase or receive any firearms while the for a period not to exceed the duration of the restraining order is in effect.
  • (d) If the defendant a person restrained under this section is present in court at a duly noticed hearing, the court may, in addition to any other restrictions, shall for any protective order issued or renewed on or after July 1, 2017, order the defendant a person restrained under this section to physically surrender any firearm(s) in that person's immediate physical possession or control, or subject to that person's immediate physical possession or control, within twenty-four (24) hours of the order, by surrendering the possession of the firearm(s) to the control of any individual not legally prohibited from possessing a firearm who is not related to the defendant by blood, marriage, or relationship as defined by § 15-15-1(3), (4), or (5) of the Rhode Island general laws, or by surrendering any firearm(s) to the Rhode Island state police or local police department, or by surrendering the firearm(s) to a licensed gun dealer. If the defendant a person restrained under this section is not present at the hearing, the defendant person restrained under this order shall surrender the firearm(s) within forty-eight (48) hours after being served with the order.
  • (e) A person ordered to surrender possession of any firearm(s) pursuant to this subsection shall, within seventy-two (72) hours after being served with the order, either:
  • (1) File file with the court a receipt showing the firearm(s) was either physically surrendered to the Rhode Island state police or local police department, or to a licensed gun dealer; or
  • (2) Attest to the court that, at the time of the order, the person had no firearms in their immediate physical possession or control or subject to their immediate physical possession or control, and that the person, at the time of the attestation, has no firearms in their immediate physical possession or control or subject to their immediate physical possession or control.
  • (f) an individual not legally prohibited from possessing a firearm who is not related to the
  • LC001499 - Page 2of 12 defendant by blood, marriage, or relationship as defined by § 15-15-1(3), (4), or (5) or surrender to a licensed gun dealer within seventy-two (72) hours after receiving the order. Any defendant transporting a firearm to surrender in accordance with this section the above shallnot be liable to prosecution under § 11-47-8.
  • (g) Any firearm surrendered in accordance with this section to the Rhode Island state police or local police department shall be returned to the person formerly restrained under this section upon their request only if:
  • (1) The person formerly restrained under this section produces written documentation issued by a court indicating that the restraining order issued pursuant to this section that prohibited the person from purchasing, carrying, transporting or possessing firearms has expired and has not been extended; and
  • (2) The person formerly restrained under this section is not otherwise prohibited from possessing a firearm under state or federallaw.
  • (h) The Rhode Island state police are authorized to develop rules and procedures pertaining to the storage and return of firearms surrendered to the Rhode Island state police or local police departments pursuant to this section. The Rhode Island state police may consult with the Rhode Island Police Chiefs' Association in developing said rules and procedures.
  • (e)(i) Nothing in this section shall limit a defendant's right under existing law to petition the court at a later date for modification of the order.
  • (f)(j) The prohibition against possessing a firearm(s) due solely to the existence of a domestic violence restraining order issued under this section shallnot apply with respect to sworn peace officers as defined in § 12-7-21 and active members of military service including members of the reserve components thereof, who are required by law or departmental policy to carry departmental firearms while on duty or any person who is required by their employment to carry a firearm in the performance of their duties. Any individual exempted pursuant to this exception may possess a firearm only during the course of their employment. Any firearm required for employment must be stored at the place of employment when not being possessed for employment use; all other firearm(s) must be surrendered in accordance with § 8-8.1-3.
  • (g)(k) Any violation of the aforementioned protective order shall subject the defendant to being found in contempt of court.
  • (h)(l) No order shall issue under this section which would have the effect of compelling a defendant who has the sole legalinterest in a residence to vacate that residence.
  • (i)(m) The contempt order shall not be exclusive and shall not preclude any other available civil or criminal remedies. Any relief granted by the court shall be for a fixed period of
  • LC001499 - Page 3of 12 time not to exceed three (3) years, at the expiration of which time the court may extend any order upon motion of the plaintiff for such additional time as it deems necessary to protect the plaintiff from abuse. The court may modify its order at any time upon motion of either party.
  • (j)(n) Any violation of a protective order under this chapter of which the defendant has actual notice shall be a misdemeanor which shall be punished by a fine of no more than one thousand dollars ($1,000) or by imprisonment for not more than one year, or both.
  • (k)(o) The penalties for violation of this section shall also include the penalties provided under § 12-29-5.
  • (l)(p) "Actual notice" means that the defendant has received a copy of the order by service thereof or by being handed a copy of the order by a police officer pursuant to § 8-8.1-5(d).
  • (m)(q) The district court shall have criminal jurisdiction over all violations of this chapter.
  • SECTION 2. Section 11-47-5 of the General Laws in Chapter 11-47 entitled "Weapons" is hereby amended to read as follows:
  • 11-47-5. Possession of arms by person convicted of crime of violence or who is a fugitive from justice.
  • (a) No person who has been convicted in this state or elsewhere of a crime of violence or who is a fugitive from justice shall purchase, own, carry, transport, or have in his or her possession any firearm.
  • (b) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (a) of this section, no if that person:
  • (c) The district court shall provide a notice on all forms requesting a protective order that, at the hearing for a protective order, the defendant may a person restrained under this section shall be ordered pursuant to §11-47-5, to surrender possession or control of any firearms and not to purchase or receive or attempt to purchase or receive any firearms for a period not to exceed the duration of the while the restraining order is in effect. The form shall further provide that any person who has surrendered their firearms shall be afforded a hearing within fifteen (15) days of surrendering their firearms.
  • (d) If the defendant is present in court at a duly noticed hearing, the court may, in addition to any other restrictions, order the defendant to physically surrender any firearm(s) in that person's immediate physical possession or control, or subject to that person's immediate physical possession or control, within twenty-four (24) hours of the order, by surrendering the possession of the firearm(s) to the control of any individual not legally prohibited from possessing a firearm who is not related to the defendant by blood, marriage, or relationship as defined by § 15-15-1(3), (4), or (5) of the Rhode Island general laws, or by surrendering any firearm(s) to the Rhode Island state police or local police department, or by surrendering the firearm(s) to a licensed gun dealer. If the defendant is not present at the hearing, the defendant shall surrender the firearm(s) within forty-eight (48) hours after being served with the order. A person ordered to surrender possession of any firearm(s) pursuant to this subsection shall file with the court a receipt showing the firearm(s) was either physically surrendered to an individual not legally prohibited from possessing a firearm who is not related to the defendant by blood, marriage, or relationship as defined by § 15-15-1(3), (4), or (5) or surrender to a licensed gun dealer within seventy-two (72) hours after receiving the order. Any defendant transporting a firearm to surrender in accordance with the above shall not be liable to prosecution under § 11- 47-8.
  • Any firearm surrendered in accordance with this section to the Rhode Island state police or local police department shall be returned to the person formerly restrained under this section upon their request when:
  • (1) The person formerly restrained under this section produces documentation issued by a court indicating that the restraining order issued pursuant to this section that prohibited the person from purchasing, carrying, transporting, or possessing firearms has expired and has not been extended; and
  • (2) The law enforcement agency in possession of the firearms determines that the person formerly restrained under this section is not otherwise prohibited from possessing a firearm under state or federal law.
  • (3) The person required to surrender their firearms pursuant to this section shall not be responsible for any costs of storage of any firearms surrendered pursuant to this section.
  • (e) The Rhode Island state police are authorized to develop rules and procedures pertaining to the storage and return of firearms surrendered to the Rhode Island state police or local police departments pursuant to this section. The Rhode Island state police may consult with the Rhode Island Police Chiefs' Association in developing rules and procedures.
  • (f) Nothing in this section shall be construed to limit, expand, or in any way modify orders issued under §§12-29-4 or 15-5-19.
  • (e)(g) Nothing in this section shall limit a defendant's right under existing law to petition the court at a later date for modification of the order.
  • (h) The court shall immediately notify the person suffering from domestic abuse whose complaint gave rise to the protective order and the law enforcement agency where the person restrained under this section resides of the hearing.
  • (i) The person suffering from domestic abuse, local law enforcement, and the person restrained under this section shall all have an opportunity to be present and to testify when the court considers the petition.
  • (j) At the hearing, the person restrained under this section shall have the burden of showing, by clear and convincing evidence, that, if their firearm rights were restored, they would not pose a danger to the person suffering from domestic abuse or to any other person.
  • (1) In determining whether to restore a person's firearm rights, the court shall examine all relevant evidence, including, but not limited to: the complaint seeking a protective order; the criminal record of the person restrained under this section; the mental health history of the person restrained under this section; any evidence that the person restrained under this section has, since being served with the order, engaged in violent or threatening behavior against the person suffering from domestic abuse or any other person.
  • (2) If the court determines, after a review of all relevant evidence and after all parties have had an opportunity to be heard, that the person restrained under this section would not pose a danger to the person suffering from domestic abuse or to any other person if their firearm rights were restored, then the court may grant the petition and modify the protective order and lift the firearm prohibition.
  • (3) If the court lifts a person's firearms prohibition pursuant to this subsection, the court shall issue the person written notice that they are no longer prohibited under this section from purchasing or possessing firearms while the protective order is in effect.
  • (f)(k) The prohibition against possessing a firearm(s) due solely to the existence of a domestic violence restraining order issued under this section shall not apply with respect to sworn peace officers as defined in § 12-7-21 and active members of military service including members of the reserve components thereof, who are required by law or departmental policy to carry departmental firearms while on duty or any person who is required by their employment to carry a firearm in the performance of their duties. Any individual exempted pursuant to this exception may possess a firearm only during the course of their employment. Any firearm required for employment must be stored at the place of employment when not being possessed for employment use; all other firearm(s) must be surrendered in accordance with § 8-8.1-3.
  • (g)(l) Any violation of the aforementioned protective order shall subject the defendant to being found in contempt of court.
  • (h)(m) No order shall issue under this section which would have the effect of compelling a defendant who has the sole legal interest in a residence to vacate that residence.
  • (i)(n) The contempt order shall not be exclusive and shall not preclude any other available civil or criminal remedies. Any relief granted by the court shall be for a fixed period of time not to exceed three (3) years, at the expiration of which time the court may extend any order upon motion of the plaintiff for such additional time as it deems necessary to protect the plaintiff from abuse. The court may modify its order at any time upon motion of either party.
  • (j)(o) Any violation of a protective order under this chapter of which the defendant has actual notice shall be a misdemeanor which shall be punished by a fine of no more than one thousand dollars ($1,000) or by imprisonment for not more than one year, or both.
  • (k)(p) The penalties for violation of this section shall also include the penalties provided under § 12-29-5.
  • (l)(q) "Actual notice" means that the defendant has received a copy of the order by service thereof or by being handed a copy of the order by a police officer pursuant to § 8-8.1-5(d).
  • (m)(r) The district court shall have criminal jurisdiction over all violations of this chapter.
  • SECTION 2. Section 11-47-5 of the General Laws in Chapter 11-47 entitled "Weapons" is hereby amended to read as follows:
  • 11-47-5. Possession of arms by person convicted of crime of violence or who is a fugitive from justice.
  • (a) No person who has been convicted in this state or elsewhere of a crime of violence or who is a fugitive from justice shall purchase, own, carry, transport, or have in his or her possession any firearm. If that person:
  • (1) Has been convicted in this state or elsewhere of a crime of violence;
  • (2) Has, in this state or elsewhere, entered a plea of nolo contendere to or been convicted of an offense punishable as a felony offense under § 12-29-5 a misdemeanor that involves the use or attempted use of force, or the threatened use of a dangerous weapon, against a family or household member as defined in §12-29-2;
  • (3) Has entered a plea of nolo contendere to or been convicted of a misdemeanor for violation of the provisions of a protective order entered pursuant to chapter 15 of title 15, chapter 8.1 of title 8, or §12-29-4, or an equivalent order in this state or elsewhere, where the respondent had knowledge of the order and the penalty for its violation;
  • (4) Has entered a plea of nolo contendere to or been convicted of a misdemeanor for cyber stalking and cyber harassment under §11-52-4.2; or
  • (5) Is a fugitive from justice.
  • (b) No person shall purchase, own, carry, transport, or have in his or her possession any firearm, for a period of two (2) years following the date of that conviction. if that person is
  • LC001499 - Page 4of 12 subject to an order issued pursuant to chapter 15 of title 15, chapter 8.1 of title 8, or §12-29-4, or an equivalent order in this state or elsewhere, which order was issued after the person restrained has received notice of the proceedings and had an opportunity to be heard.
  • (2) Is a fugitive from justice;
  • (3) Has, in this state or elsewhere, entered a plea of nolo contendere to or been convicted of an offense punishable as a felony under §12-29-5; or
  • (4) Has, in this state or elsewhere, entered a plea of nolo contendere to or been convicted of any of the following offenses punishable as a misdemeanor under §12-29-5:
  • (i) Simple assault (§11-5-3);
  • (ii) Cyberstalking and cyberharassment (§11-52-4.2);
  • (iii) Violation of a protective order (as set forth in §12-29-2(a)(10); or
  • (iv) Disorderly conduct (§11-45-1).
  • (A) A disorderly conduct conviction shall result in prohibition under this section if and only if the offense involves the use or attempted use of force or the threatened use of a dangerous weapon.
  • (5) The provisions of this subsection shall apply to all persons who enter a plea of nolo contendere to or have been convicted of any of the offenses specified in subsections (a)(3) and (a)(4) of this section, unless and until that person's matter has been expunged, or upon the completion of the sentence of a one-year filing, or the end of a one-year probationary period that no longer constitutes a conviction pursuant to §12-18-3.
  • (b) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (a) of this section, no No person convicted of an offense punishable as a felony offense under § 12-29-5 shall purchase, own, carry, transport, or have in his or her possession any firearm, for a period of two (2) years following the date of that conviction. if that person is subject to an order issued pursuant to chapter 15 of title 15, chapter 8.1 of title 8, or an equivalent order in this state or elsewhere, which order was issued after the person restrained has received notice of the proceedings and had an opportunity to be heard.
  • (c) No person who is in community confinement pursuant to the provisions of § 42-56- 20.2 or who is otherwise subject to electronic surveillance or monitoring devices as a condition of parole shall purchase, carry, transport, or have in his or her possession any firearm. This subsection shall not apply to any person who has not been convicted of (or pleaded guilty or nolo contendere to) a crime of violence in a court of competent jurisdiction.
  • (d) Every person violating the provisions of this section shall, upon conviction, be punished by imprisonment for not less than two (2) nor more than ten (10) years; and for penalties provided in this section he or she shall not be afforded the benefit of suspension or deferment of sentence nor of probation.
  • SECTION 3. Chapter 11-47 of the General Laws entitled "Weapons"is hereby amended by adding thereto the following section:
  • SECTION 3. Chapter 11-47 of the General Laws entitled "Weapons" is hereby amended by adding thereto the following section:
  • 11-47-5.4. Surrender of firearms after domestic violence offenses.
  • (a) A plea of nolo contendere to, or a conviction for a misdemeanor that involves the use or attempted use of force, or the threatened use of a dangerous weapon, committed against a family or household member as defined in §12-29-2, a plea of nolo contendere to or a conviction for a misdemeanor for violation of the provisions of a protective order entered pursuant to chapter 15 of title 15, chapter 8.1 of title 8, or §12-29-4, or an equivalent order in this state or elsewhere, where the respondent had knowledge of the order and the penalty for its violation, or a plea of nolo contendere to or convicted for a misdemeanor for cyber stalking and cyber harassment under §11-52-4.2 shall prohibit the offender from purchasing, owning, carrying, transporting, or having in their possession any firearm. Upon such a plea or conviction, the court shallorder the offender to surrender all firearms owned by the person or in the person's possession as described in this section.
  • (1) Surrender shall be made within twenty-four (24) hours of prohibition to the Rhode Island state police or local law enforcement or to a licensed gun dealer. The arresting law enforcement agency shall be immediately notified of the order to surrender firearms. A law enforcement agency or licensed gun dealer taking possession of a firearm shall issue a proof of surrender to the person surrendering the firearm. The proof of surrender must include the name of the person, the date of surrender, and the serial number, manufacturer, and model of all surrendered firearms.
  • (2) An offender transporting a firearm to surrender in accordance with this section shall
  • LC001499 - Page 5of 12 not be liable to prosecution under §§11-47-5(a)(2) or 11-47-5(c).
  • (3) The offender shall, within forty-eight (48) hours after being served with the order, either:
  • (a) A plea of nolo contendere, resulting in a filing or probation or conviction shall prohibit the defendant from purchasing, carrying, transporting, or having in their possession any firearm. Upon such a plea or conviction, the court shall order the defendant to surrender all firearms owned by the person or in the person's possession as described in this section.
  • (1) Surrender shall be made within twenty-four (24) hours of prohibition to the Rhode Island state police or local law enforcement or to a licensed gun dealer. The arresting law enforcement agency shall be immediately notified by the court of the order to surrender firearms. A law enforcement agency or licensed gun dealer taking possession of a firearm shall issue a proof of surrender to the person surrendering the firearm. The proof of surrender must include the name of the person, the date of surrender, and the serial number, manufacturer, and model of all surrendered firearms.
  • (2) A defendant transporting a firearm to surrender in accordance with this section shall not be liable to prosecution under §§11-47-5(d) or 11-47-8.
  • (3) The defendant shall, within forty-eight (48) hours after being served with the order, either:
  • (i) File a copy of proof of surrender with the court of jurisdiction, and attest that all firearms owned by the person or in the person's possession at the time of plea or conviction have been surrendered in accordance with this section and that the person currently owns no firearms and has no firearms in their possession; or
  • (ii) Attest that, at the time of plea or conviction, the person owned no firearms and had no firearms in their possession, and that the person currently owns no firearms and has no firearms in their possession.
  • (4) The court of jurisdiction's copy of proof of surrender shall be kept under seal and shall not be part of the public record.
  • (5) The Rhode Island state police are authorized to develop rules, regulations and procedures pertaining to the storage and disposalof firearms that are surrendered pursuant to this section, provided that such policies shall require that the offender be notified of the disposal, and that the owner of a firearm receive any financial value generated from its disposal, less the cost associated with taking possession of, storing, and disposing of the firearm, and provided that no disposal shall occur while any appeal of the conviction is pending. The Rhode Island state police may consult with the Rhode Island Police Chiefs' Association in developing said rules and procedures.
  • SECTION 4. Section 12-29-5 of the General Laws in Chapter 12-29 entitled "Domestic Violence Prevention Act"is hereby amended to read as follows:
  • 12-29-5. Disposition of domestic violence cases. [Effective January 1, 2017.]
  • (a) Every person convicted of, or placed on probation for, a crime involving domestic violence or whose case is filed pursuant to § 12-10-12 where the defendant pleads nolo contendere, in addition to any other sentence imposed or counseling ordered, shall be ordered by the judge to attend, at his or her own expense, a batterer's intervention program appropriate to address his or her violent behavior; provided, however, that the court may permit a servicemember or veteran to complete any court-approved counseling program administered or approved by the Veterans' Administration. This order shall be included in the conditions of probation. Failure of the defendant to comply with the order shall be a basis for violating probation and/or the provisions of § 12-10-12. This provision shall not be suspended or waived by the court.
  • (b) Every person convicted of, or placed on probation for, a crime involving domestic
  • LC001499 - Page 6of 12 violence, as enumerated in § 12-29-2 or whose case if filed pursuant to § 12-10-12 where the defendant pleads guilty or nolo contendere, in addition to other court costs or assessments imposed, shall be ordered to pay a one hundred twenty-five dollar ($125) assessment. Eighty percent (80%) of the assessment collected pursuant to this section shallbe provided to the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence for programs to assist victims of domestic violence and twenty percent (20%) of the assessment shallbe deposited as generalrevenue.
  • (c) (1) Every person convicted of an offense punishable as a misdemeanor involving domestic violence as defined in § 12-29-2 shall:
  • (i) For a second violation be imprisoned for a term of not less than ten (10) days and not more than one year.
  • (ii) For a third and subsequent violation be deemed guilty of a felony and be imprisoned for a term of not less than one year and not more than ten (10) years.
  • (2) No jail sentence provided for under this section can be suspended.
  • (3) Nothing in this subsection shall be construed as limiting the discretion of the judges to impose additional sanctions authorized in sentencing.
  • (d) The court shalldetermine, for every conviction or plea of nolo contendere for:
  • (1) A misdemeanor that involves the use or attempted use of force, or the threatened use of a dangerous weapon, committed against a family or household member as defined in §12-29- 2;
  • (2) A misdemeanor for violation of the provisions of a protective order entered pursuant to chapter 15 of title 15, chapter 8.1 of title 8, or §12-29-4, or an equivalent order in this state or elsewhere, where the respondent had knowledge of the order and the penalty for its violation; or
  • (3) A misdemeanor for cyberstalking and cyber harassment under §11-52-4.2 whether, as a result of the violation, the offender is prohibited under §11-47-5 from purchasing, owning, carrying, transporting, or having in their possession any firearm.
  • (e) If the offender is prohibited as described in subsection (d) of this section, the court shall inform the offender of their prohibited status and order the offender to surrender any firearms in their possession or control, and shall ensure surrender is made in accordance with §11-47-5.4
  • (d)(e) For the purposes of this section, "batterers intervention program"means a program which is certified by the batterers intervention program standards oversight committee according to minimum standards, pursuant to §§ 12-29-5.1, 12-29-5.2, and 12-29-5.3.
  • (e)(f) For purposes of this section, "servicemember" means a person who is presently serving in the armed forces of the United States, including the Coast Guard, a reserve component
  • LC001499 - Page 7of 12 thereof, or the National Guard. "Veteran" means a person who has served in the armed forces, including the Coast Guard of the United States, a reserve component thereof, or the National Guard, and has been discharged under other than dishonorable conditions.
  • (f) The court shall indicate on every record of conviction or a plea of nolo contendere for an offense punishable as a felony involving domestic violence, as defined in § 12-29-2, that the defendant is prohibited under §§ 11-47-5 and 11-47-5.3 from purchasing, owning, carrying, transporting, or having in their possession, any firearm(s). The court shallinform the defendant of their prohibited status and shall order the defendant to surrender any firearm(s) in their ownership, possession, care, custody or controlin accordance with § 11-47-5.3.
  • (g) No proceeds shall be provided to any person if the firearm(s) is destroyed pursuant to this section.
  • (h) Any firearm(s) used in the commission of the offense leading to the conviction pursuant to this section shall be forfeited to the state upon conviction.
  • SECTION 5. Section 15-15-3 of the General Laws in Chapter 15-15 entitled "Domestic Abuse Prevention"is hereby amended to read as follows:
  • (5) The Rhode Island state police are authorized to develop rules, regulations and procedures pertaining to the storage of firearms that are surrendered pursuant to this section. The Rhode Island state police may consult with the Rhode Island Police Chiefs' Association in developing rules and procedures. Law enforcement agencies and departments shall observe due care in the receipt and storage of any firearm surrendered pursuant to this section. No law enforcement agency shall dispose of any firearm surrendered pursuant to this section unless that firearm is abandoned as provided in this section. The Rhode Island state police may consult with the Rhode Island Police Chiefs' Association in developing rules and procedures.
  • (6) A firearm surrendered to the Rhode Island state police or a local police department under this section shall be deemed abandoned if:
  • (i) Six (6) years have passed from the date of the completion of the defendant's sentence for an offense enumerated in §11-47-5(a)(4); and
  • (ii) During the two (2) years following the six (6)-year period described in subsection (a)(6)(i) of this section, the Rhode Island state police or local police department has provided notice to the defendant, on at least two (2) separate occasions, that if the firearm is not reclaimed it shall be disposed of; and
  • (iii) After the two (2)-year period described in subsection (a)(6)(ii) of this section and after notice to the defendant, the defendant fails to reclaim the firearm.
  • (7) The Rhode Island state police may dispose of an abandoned firearm at any time, provided that no disposal shall occur while any appeal of the conviction for a crime enumerated in §11-47-5(a)(4) is pending and provided that the owner of the firearm receives any financial value generated from its disposal less the cost associated with disposing of the firearm.
  • SECTION 4. Section 12-29-5 of the General Laws in Chapter 12-29 entitled "Domestic Violence Prevention Act" is hereby amended to read as follows:
  • 12-29-5. Disposition of domestic violence cases. [Effective January 1, 2017.]
  • (a) Every person convicted of, or placed on probation for, a crime involving domestic violence or whose case is filed pursuant to § 12-10-12 where the defendant pleads nolo contendere, in addition to any other sentence imposed or counseling ordered, shall be ordered by the judge to attend, at his or her own expense, a batterer's intervention program appropriate to address his or her violent behavior; provided, however, that the court may permit a servicemember or veteran to complete any court-approved counseling program administered or approved by the Veterans' Administration. This order shall be included in the conditions of probation. Failure of the defendant to comply with the order shall be a basis for violating probation and/or the provisions of § 12-10-12. This provision shall not be suspended or waived by the court.
  • (b) Every person convicted of, or placed on probation for, a crime involving domestic violence, as enumerated in § 12-29-2 or whose case if filed pursuant to § 12-10-12 where the defendant pleads guilty or nolo contendere, in addition to other court costs or assessments imposed, shall be ordered to pay a one hundred twenty-five dollar ($125) assessment. Eighty percent (80%) of the assessment collected pursuant to this section shall be provided to the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence for programs to assist victims of domestic violence and twenty percent (20%) of the assessment shall be deposited as general revenue.
  • (c) (1) Every person convicted of an offense punishable as a misdemeanor involving domestic violence as defined in § 12-29-2 shall:
  • (i) For a second violation be imprisoned for a term of not less than ten (10) days and not more than one year.
  • (ii) For a third and subsequent violation be deemed guilty of a felony and be imprisoned for a term of not less than one year and not more than ten (10) years.
  • (2) No jail sentence provided for under this section can be suspended.
  • (3) Nothing in this subsection shall be construed as limiting the discretion of the judges to impose additional sanctions authorized in sentencing.
  • (d) The court shall determine, for every person who pleads nolo contendere to or is convicted of an offense involving domestic violence, as enumerated in §12-29-2, whether, as a result of the plea or conviction, the defendant is prohibited under §11-47-5(a)(3) or §11-47- 5(a)(4) from purchasing, owning, carrying, transporting, or having in their possession any firearm.
  • (1) Prior to the entry of plea of nolo contendere to an offense involving domestic violence, as enumerated in §12-29-2, the court shall advise the defendant that a plea of nolo contendere has the same legal effect and collateral consequences as a plea of guilty.
  • (2) Prior to the entry of a plea of nolo contendere to an offense punishable as a felony involving domestic violence, as enumerated in §12-29-2, or an offense enumerated in §11-47- 5(a)(4), the court shall advise the defendant that, in addition to any other sentence or penalty, the defendant shall, as result of the plea, be prohibited from purchasing, owning, carrying, transporting, or having in their possession any firearm under §11-47-5.
  • (3) The person required to surrender their firearms pursuant to this section shall not be responsible for any costs of storage of any firearms surrendered pursuant to this section.
  • (d)(e) For the purposes of this section, "batterers intervention program" means a program which is certified by the batterers intervention program standards oversight committee according to minimum standards, pursuant to §§ 12-29-5.1, 12-29-5.2, and 12-29-5.3.
  • (e)(f) For purposes of this section, "servicemember" means a person who is presently serving in the armed forces of the United States, including the Coast Guard, a reserve component thereof, or the National Guard. "Veteran" means a person who has served in the armed forces, including the Coast Guard of the United States, a reserve component thereof, or the National Guard, and has been discharged under other than dishonorable conditions.
  • (f)(g) The court shall indicate on every record of conviction or a plea of nolo contendere for an offense punishable as a felony involving domestic violence, as defined in § 12-29-2, that the defendant is prohibited under §§ 11-47-5 and 11-47-5.3 from purchasing, owning, carrying, transporting, or having in their possession, any firearm(s). The court shall inform the defendant of their prohibited status and shall order the defendant to surrender any firearm(s) in their ownership, possession, care, custody or control in accordance with § 11-47-5.3.
  • (h) The court shall indicate on every record of conviction or a plea of nolo contendere for an offense enumerated in §11-47-5(a)(4) that the defendant is prohibited under §§11-47-5 and 11- 47-5.4 from purchasing, owning, carrying, transporting, or having in their possession, any firearm(s). The court shall inform the defendant of their prohibited status, shall order the defendant to surrender any firearm(s) in their ownership, possession, care, custody or control, and shall ensure that surrender is made in accordance with §11-47-5.4.
  • (g)(i) No proceeds shall be provided to any person if the firearm(s) is destroyed pursuant to this section.
  • (h)(j) Any firearm(s) used in the commission of the offense leading to the conviction pursuant to this section shall be forfeited to the state upon conviction.
  • SECTION 5. Section 15-15-3 of the General Laws in Chapter 15-15 entitled "Domestic Abuse Prevention" is hereby amended to read as follows:
  • 15-15-3. Protective orders – Penalty – Jurisdiction.
  • (a) A person suffering from domestic abuse may file a complaint in the family court requesting any order which will protect and support her or him from abuse including, but not limited, to the following:
  • (1) Ordering that the defendant be restrained and enjoined from contacting, assaulting, molesting, or interfering with the plaintiff at home, on the street, or elsewhere, whether the defendant is an adult or a minor;
  • (2) Ordering the defendant to vacate the household immediately;
  • (3) Awarding the plaintiff custody of the minor children of the parties, if any;
  • (4) After notice to the respondent and a hearing, ordering either party to make payments for the support of a minor child or children of the parties as required by law for a period not to exceed ninety (90) days, unless the child support order is for a child or children receiving public assistance pursuant to chapter 5.1 of title 40. In these cases, legal counsel for the division of taxation, child support enforcement, shall be notified as a party in interest to appear for the purpose of establishing a child support order under a new or existing docket number previously assigned to the parties and not under the protective docket number. The child support order shall remain in effect untilthe court modifies or suspends the order.
  • (5)(b) After notice to the respondent and a hearing, the court in addition to any other restrictions, may shall, for any protective order the defendant issued or renewed after July 1,
  • LC001499 - Page 8of 12 2017, order a person restrained under this section to surrender physicalpossession of allfirearms in his or her possession, care, custody or control.
  • (b) Any individual who accepts physical possession of a firearm pursuant and shall further order a person restrained under this section not to this section is prohibited from returning any firearm purchase or receive or attempt to purchase or receive any defendant under a firearms while the restraining order during the existence of the restraining order. Violation of this provision shall subject both the defendant and the individual responsible for the return of the firearm to the defendant, to being found in contempt of court is in effect.
  • (c) The Family Court shall provide a notice on all forms requesting a protective order that, at the hearing for a protective order, the defendant may a person restrained under this section shall be ordered pursuant to §11-47-5 to surrender physical possession or controlof any firearms and not to purchase or receive or attempt to purchase or receive any firearms for a period not to exceed the duration of while the restraining order is in effect.
  • (d) If the defendant a person restrained under this section is present in court at a duly noticed hearing, the court may , in addition to any other restrictions, shall, for any protective order the defendant issued or renewed on or after July 1, 2017, order a person restrained under this section to physically surrender any firearm firearm(s) in that person's immediate physical possession or control, or subject to that person's immediate physical possession or control, within twenty-four (24) hours of the order, by surrendering the possession of the firearm(s) to the control of any individual not legally prohibited from possessing a firearm(s) who is not related to the defendant by blood, marriage, or relationship as defined by § 15-15-1(3), (4), or (5), of the Rhode Island general laws, or by surrendering any firearm(s) to the Rhode Island State Police Rhode Island state police or local police department, or by surrendering the firearm(s) to a licensed gun dealer. If the defendant a person restrained under this section is not present at the hearing, the defendant person restrained under this order shall surrender possession of the firearm(s) within forty-eight (48) hours after being served with the order. A person ordered to surrender possession of any firearm(s) pursuant to this subsection shall file with the court a receipt showing the firearm(s) was either legally transferred to an individual not legally prohibited from possessing a firearm who is not related to the defendant by blood, marriage, or relationship as defined by § 15- 15-1(3), (4), or (5) of the Rhode Island general laws or surrender to a licensed gun dealer within seventy-two (72) hours after receiving the order. Any defendant transporting a firearm to surrender in accordance with the above shallnot be liable to prosecution under § 11-47-8.
  • (e) A person ordered to surrender possession of any firearm(s) pursuant to this subsection shall, within seventy-two (72) hours after being served with the order, either:
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  • (1) File with the court a receipt showing the firearm(s) was physically surrendered to the Rhode Island state police or local police department or to a licensed gun dealer; or
  • (2) Attest to the court that, at the time of the order, the person had no firearms in their immediate physical possession or control or subject to their immediate physical possession or control, and that the person, at the time of the attestation, has no firearms in their immediate physical possession or control or subject to their immediate physical possession or control.
  • (f) Any defendant transporting a firearm to surrender in accordance with this section shall not be liable to prosecution under §11-47-8.
  • (g) Any firearm surrendered pursuant to this section to the Rhode Island state police or a local police department shall be returned to the person formerly restrained under this section upon their request only if:
  • (1) The person formerly restrained under this section produces written documentation issued by a court indicating that the restraining order issued pursuant to this section that prohibited the person from purchasing, carrying, transporting or possessing firearms has expired and has not been extended; and
  • (2) The person formerly restrained under this section is not otherwise prohibited from possessing a firearm under state or federallaw.
  • (h) The Rhode Island state police are authorized to develop rules and procedures pertaining to the storage and return of firearms surrendered to the Rhode Island state police or local police departments pursuant to this section. The Rhode Island state police may consult with the Rhode Island Police Chiefs' Association in developing said rules and procedures.
  • (e)(i) Nothing in this section shall limit a defendant's right under existing law to petition the court at a later date for modification of the order.
  • (f)(j) The prohibition against possessing a firearm(s) due solely to the existence of a domestic violence restraining order issued under this section shallnot apply with respect to sworn peace officers as defined in § 12-7-21 and active members of military service including members of the reserve components thereof, who are required by law or departmental policy to carry departmental firearms while on duty or any person who is required by their employment to carry a firearm in the performance of their duties. Any individual exempted pursuant to this exception may possess a firearm only during the course of their employment. Any firearm required for employment must be stored at the place of employment when not being possessed for employment use; all other firearm(s) must be surrendered in accordance with § 15-15-3.
  • (g)(k) Upon motion by the plaintiff, his or her address shall be released only at the discretion of the family court judge.
  • (h)(l) (1) Any violation of the protective orders in subsection (a) of this section shall subject the defendant to being found in contempt of court.
  • (2) The contempt order shall not be exclusive and shall not preclude any other available civil or criminal remedies. Any relief granted by the court shall be for a fixed period of time not to exceed three (3) years, at the expiration of which time the court may extend any order, upon motion of the plaintiff, for any additional time, that it deems necessary to protect the plaintiff from abuse. The court may modify its order at any time upon motion of either party.
  • (i)(m) (1) Any violation of a protective order under this chapter of which the defendant has actual notice shall be a misdemeanor which shall be punished by a fine of no more than one thousand dollars ($1,000) or by imprisonment for not more than one year, or both.
  • (2) The penalties for violation of this section shall also include the penalties as provided by § 12-29-5.
  • (j)(n) Actual notice means that the defendant has received a copy of the order by service or by being handed a copy of the order by a police officer pursuant to § 15-15-5(d).
  • (k)(o) (1) The district court shall have criminal jurisdiction over all adult violations of this chapter.
  • (4) Ordering the defendant to surrender physical possession of all firearms in their possession, care, custody, or control and shall further order a person restrained not to purchase or receive or attempt to purchase or receive any firearms while the protective order is in effect. The defendant shall surrender said firearms within twenty-four (24) hours of notice of the protective order to the Rhode Island state police or local police department or to a federally licensed firearms dealer.
  • (i) A person ordered to surrender possession of any firearm(s) pursuant to this section shall, within seventy-two (72) hours after being served with the order, either:
  • (A) File with the court a receipt showing the firearm(s) was physically surrendered to the Rhode Island state police or local police department, or to a federally licensed firearms dealer; or
  • (B) Attest to the court that, at the time of the order, the person had no firearms in their immediate physical possession or control or subject to their immediate physical possession or control, and that the person, at the time of the attestation, has no firearms in their immediate physical possession or control or subject to their immediate physical possession or control.
  • (ii) If a person restrained under this section transfers a firearm(s) to a federally licensed firearms dealer pursuant to this section, the person restrained under this section may instruct the federally licensed firearms dealer to sell the firearm(s) or to transfer ownership, in accordance with state and federal law, to a qualified named individual who is not a member of the person's dwelling house, who is not related to the person by blood, marriage, or relationship as defined by §15-15-1(3), and who is not prohibited from possessing firearms under state or federal law. The owner of any firearm(s) sold shall receive any financial value received from their sale, less the cost associated with taking possession of, storing, and transferring of the firearm(s).
  • (iii) Every individual to whom ownership of a firearm(s) is transferred pursuant to this subsection shall be prohibited from transferring or returning any firearm(s) to the person restrained under this section while the protective order remains in effect and shall be informed of this prohibition, Any knowing violation of this subsection is a felony which shall be punishable by a fine of not more than one thousand dollars ($1,000), or by imprisonment for a term of not less than one year and not more than five (5) years, or both.
  • (iv) An individual to whom ownership of a firearm(s) is transferred pursuant to this subsection shall return a firearm(s) to person formerly restrained under this section only if the person formerly restrained under this section provides documentation issued by a court indicating that the restraining order issued pursuant to this section that prohibited the person from purchasing, carrying, transporting or possessing firearms has expired and has not been extended.
  • (4)(5) After notice to the respondent and a hearing, ordering either party to make payments for the support of a minor child or children of the parties as required by law for a period not to exceed ninety (90) days, unless the child support order is for a child or children receiving public assistance pursuant to chapter 5.1 of title 40. In these cases, legal counsel for the division of taxation, child support enforcement, shall be notified as a party in interest to appear for the purpose of establishing a child support order under a new or existing docket number previously assigned to the parties and not under the protective docket number. The child support order shall remain in effect until the court modifies or suspends the order.
  • (5)(b) After notice to the respondent and a hearing, which shall be held within fifteen (15) days of surrendering said firearms, the court, in addition to any other restrictions, may, order the defendant to surrender physical possession of all firearms in his or her possession, care, custody or control. for any protective order issued after or renewed on or after July 1, 2017, continue the order of surrender, and shall further order a person restrained under this section not to purchase or receive or attempt to purchase or receive any firearms while the protective order is in effect.
  • (b) Any individual who accepts physical possession of a firearm pursuant to this section is prohibited from returning any firearm to any defendant under a restraining order during the existence of the restraining order. Violation of this provision shall subject both the defendant and the individual responsible for the return of the firearm to the defendant, to being found in contempt of court.
  • (c) The Family Court shall provide a notice on all forms requesting a protective order that, at the hearing for a protective order, the defendant may be ordered to surrender physical possession or control of any firearms and not to purchase or receive or attempt to purchase or receive any firearms for a period not to exceed the duration of the restraining order. that a person restrained under this section shall be ordered pursuant to §11-47-5 to surrender possession of any firearms while the protective order is in effect. The form shall further provide that any person who has surrender their firearms shall be afforded a hearing within fifteen (15) days of surrendering their firearms.
  • (d) If the defendant is present in court at a duly noticed hearing, the court may order the defendant to physically surrender any firearm in that person's immediate possession or control, or subject to that person's immediate physical possession or control, within twenty-four (24) hours of the order, by surrendering the possession of the firearm(s) to the control of any individual not legally prohibited from possessing a firearm(s) who is not related to the defendant by blood, marriage, or relationship as defined by § 15-15-1(3), (4), or (5), of the Rhode Island general laws, or by surrendering any firearm(s) to the Rhode Island State Police or local police department, or by surrendering the firearm(s) to a licensed gun dealer. If the defendant is not present at the hearing, the defendant shall surrender possession of the firearm(s) within forty-eight (48) hours after being served with the order. A person ordered to surrender possession of any firearm(s) pursuant to this subsection shall file with the court a receipt showing the firearm(s) was either legally transferred to an individual not legally prohibited from possessing a firearm who is not related to the defendant by blood, marriage, or relationship as defined by § 15-15-1(3), (4), or (5) of the Rhode Island general laws or surrender to a licensed gun dealer within seventy-two (72) hours after receiving the order. Any defendant transporting a firearm to surrender in accordance with the above shall not be liable to prosecution under § 11-47-8.
  • (d) Any firearm surrendered in accordance with this section to the Rhode Island state police or local police department shall be returned to the person formerly restrained under this section upon their request when:
  • (1) The person formerly restrained under this section produces documentation issued by a court indicating that the restraining order issued pursuant to this section that prohibited the person from purchasing, carrying, transporting or possessing firearms has expired and has not been extended; and
  • (2) The law enforcement agency in possession of the firearms determined that the person formerly restrained under this section is not otherwise prohibited from possessing a firearm under state or federal law.
  • (3) The person required to surrender their firearms pursuant to this section shall not be responsible for any costs of storage of any firearms surrendered pursuant to this section.
  • (e) The Rhode Island state police are authorized to develop rules and procedures pertaining to the storage and return of firearms surrendered to the Rhode Island state police or local police departments pursuant to this section. The Rhode Island state police may consult with the Rhode Island Police Chiefs' Association in developing rules and procedures.
  • (f) Nothing in this section shall be construed to limit, expand, or in any way modify orders issued under §12-29-7 or §15-5-19.
  • (e)(g) Nothing in this section shall limit a defendant's right under existing law to petition the court at a later date for modification of the order.
  • (h) The court shall immediately notify the person suffering from domestic abuse whose complaint gave rise to the protective order and the law enforcement agency where the person restrained under this section resides of the hearing.
  • (i) The person suffering from domestic abuse, local law enforcement, and the person restrained under this section shall all have an opportunity to be present and to testify when the court considers the petition.
  • (j) At the hearing, the person restrained under this section shall have the burden of showing, by clear and convincing evidence, that, if their firearm rights were restored, they would not pose a danger to the person suffering from domestic abuse or to any other person.
  • (1) In determining whether to restore a person's firearm rights, the court shall examine all relevant evidence, including, but not limited to: the complaint seeking a protective order; the criminal record of the person restrained under this section; the mental health history of the person restrained under this section; any evidence that the person restrained under this section has, since being served with the order, engaged in violent or threatening behavior against the person suffering from domestic abuse or any other person.
  • (2) If the court determined, after a review of all relevant evidence and after all parties have had an opportunity to be heard, that the person restrained under this section would not pose a danger to the person suffering from domestic abuse or to any other person if their firearm rights were restored, then the court may grant the petition and modify the protective order and lift the firearm prohibition.
  • (3) If the court lifts a person's firearms prohibition pursuant to this subsection, the court shall issue the person written notice that they are no longer prohibited under this section from purchasing or possessing firearms while the protective order is in effect.
  • (f)(k) The prohibition against possessing a firearm(s) due solely to the existence of a domestic violence restraining order issued under this section shall not apply with respect to sworn peace officers as defined in § 12-7-21 and active members of military service including members of the reserve components thereof, who are required by law or departmental policy to carry departmental firearms while on duty or any person who is required by their employment to carry a firearm in the performance of their duties. Any individual exempted pursuant to this exception may possess a firearm only during the course of their employment. Any firearm required for employment must be stored at the place of employment when not being possessed for employment use; all other firearm(s) must be surrendered in accordance with § 15-15-3.
  • (g)(l) Upon motion by the plaintiff, his or her address shall be released only at the discretion of the family court judge.
  • (h)(m) (1) Any violation of the protective orders in subsection (a) of this section shall subject the defendant to being found in contempt of court.
  • (2) The contempt order shall not be exclusive and shall not preclude any other available civil or criminal remedies. Any relief granted by the court shall be for a fixed period of time not to exceed three (3) years, at the expiration of which time the court may extend any order, upon motion of the plaintiff, for any additional time, that it deems necessary to protect the plaintiff from abuse. The court may modify its order at any time upon motion of either party.
  • (i)(n) (1) Any violation of a protective order under this chapter of which the defendant has actual notice shall be a misdemeanor which shall be punished by a fine of no more than one thousand dollars ($1,000) or by imprisonment for not more than one year, or both.
  • (2) The penalties for violation of this section shall also include the penalties as provided by § 12-29-5.
  • (j)(o) Actual notice means that the defendant has received a copy of the order by service or by being handed a copy of the order by a police officer pursuant to § 15-15-5(d).
  • (k)(p) (1) The district court shall have criminal jurisdiction over all adult violations of this chapter.
  • (2) The family court shall have jurisdiction over all juvenile violations of this chapter.
  • SECTION 6. This act shalltake effect upon passage.
  • SECTION 6. Chapter 11-47 of the General Laws entitled "Weapons" is hereby amended by adding thereto the following section:
  • 11-47-5.5. Motion to lift firearms prohibition for persons convicted of specified misdemeanor domestic violence offenses – Consecutive prohibitions – Return of surrendered firearms.
  • (a) A person prohibited from purchasing, owning, carrying, transporting, or having in their possession any firearm solely because of a plea of nolo contendere to or a conviction of an offense enumerated in §11-47-5(a)(4) may file a motion in the district court to have that firearm prohibition lifted in accordance with this section. A person who is otherwise prohibited under state law from purchasing, owning, carrying, transporting, or having in their possession any firearm shall not be eligible for relief under this section.
  • (b) Except for those cases where the defendant is eligible to reclaim firearms after the one year completion of a filing or probation under §12-18-3, a person shall become eligible to file a motion seeking relief under this section after five (5) years from the date of the completion of his or her sentence, unless, during that five (5)-year period, the person enters a plea of nolo contendere to or is convicted of any new offense enumerated in §11-47-5(a)(4).
  • (1) A person already prohibited from purchasing, owning, carrying, transporting, or having in their possession any firearm under §11-47-5(a)(4) who pleads nolo contendere to or is convicted of any new offense enumerated in §11-47-5(a)(4) shall be subject to an additional six (6)-year firearm prohibition under §11-47-5(a)(4). That additional prohibition shall run consecutively to the prohibition already in effect at the time the person pleaded nolo contendere to or was convicted of the new offense.
  • (2) A person made subject to consecutive firearms prohibitions in accordance with this subsection shall not become eligible to file a motion seeking relief under this section until their consecutive prohibition periods have fully elapsed.
  • (c) No filing fee shall be charged for the filing of a motion seeking relief under this section.
  • (d) The district court shall schedule a hearing on a motion seeking relief under this section no later than thirty (30) days from the date the motion is filed.
  • (e) The district court shall only consider whether the required amount of time to retrieve the firearms has expired, and that no other legal prohibition exists to prevent the respondent from recovering his or her firearms. If the court lifts a person's firearm prohibition pursuant to this section, the court shall issue the person written notice that the person is no longer prohibited from purchasing, owning, carrying, transporting, or having in their possession any firearm under §11- 47-5(a)(4).
  • (f) A firearm surrendered to the Rhode Island state police or a local police department by a person formerly prohibited under §11-47-5(a)(4) who is granted relief under this section shall be returned to the person upon their request when:
  • (1) The person formerly prohibited under §11-47-5(a)(4) provides written proof issued by the court indicating that the firearm prohibition has been lifted pursuant to this section; and
  • (2) The Rhode Island state police or a local police department determines that the person formerly prohibited under §11-47-5(a)(4) is not otherwise prohibited from possessing a firearm under state or federal law.
  • (g) A court's grant of relief pursuant to this section shall not constitute an expungement, nor shall it in any way impact, negate, or otherwise modify the person's prior conviction of an offense enumerated in §11-47-5(a)(4).
  • SECTION 7. This act shall take effect upon passage.
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  • EXPLANATION
  • BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL
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  • A N A C T RELATINGTO COURTSAND CIVIL PROCEDURE–COURTS – DOMESTIC ASSAULT -
  • PROTECT RHODE ISLAND FAMILIES ACT
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  • A N A C T
  • AN ACT RELATING TO COURTS AND CIVIL PROCEDURE–COURTS – DOMESTIC
  • ASSAULT - PROTECT RHODE ISLAND FAMILIES ACT
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  • This act would limit access to firearms when an individual is under certain types of domestic restraining orders or protective orders issued or renewed on or after July 1, 2017.
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  • This act would take effect upon passage. ======== LC001499/SUB B ========

Votes

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Floor vote for PASSAGE

June 26, 2017 at 6:18pm
Yeas: 55 / Nays: 12 / Not voting: 8 / Recused: 0
Legislator Vote
Rep. Abney Y
Rep. Ackerman Y
Rep. Ajello Y
Rep. Almeida Y
Rep. Amore Y
Rep. Azzinaro Y
Rep. Barros Y
Rep. Bennett Y
Rep. Blazejewski Y
Rep. Canario Y
Rep. Carson Y
Rep. Casey NV
Rep. Casimiro Y
Rep. Chippendale N
Rep. Corvese Y
Rep. Costantino Y
Rep. Coughlin Y
Rep. Craven Y
Rep. Cunha Y
Rep. Diaz NV
Rep. Donovan Y
Rep. Edwards Y
Rep. Fellela Y
Rep. Filippi N
Rep. Fogarty Y
Rep. Giarrusso N
Rep. Handy Y
Rep. Hearn Y
Rep. Hull NV
Rep. Jacquard Y
Rep. Johnston Y
Rep. Kazarian NV
Rep. Keable N
Rep. Kennedy NV
Rep. Knight Y
Rep. Lancia N
Rep. Lima Y
Rep. Lombardi Y
Rep. Maldonado Y
Rep. Marshall Y
Rep. Marszalkowski Y
Rep. Mattiello Y
Rep. McEntee Y
Rep. McKiernan Y
Rep. McLaughlin Y
Rep. McNamara Y
Rep. Mendonca N
Rep. Messier Y
Rep. Morgan N
Rep. Morin Y
Rep. Nardolillo N
Rep. Newberry N
Rep. Nunes Y
Rep. O'Brien Y
Rep. O'Grady Y
Rep. Perez NV
Rep. Phillips NV
Rep. Price N
Rep. Quattrocchi N
Rep. Ranglin-Vassell Y
Rep. Regunberg Y
Rep. Roberts N
Rep. Ruggiero Y
Rep. Serpa Y
Rep. Shanley Y
Rep. Shekarchi Y
Rep. Slater Y
Rep. Solomon Y
Rep. Tanzi Y
Rep. Tobon Y
Rep. Ucci Y
Rep. Vella-Wilkinson Y
Rep. Walsh Y
Rep. Williams Y
Rep. Winfield NV

Floor vote for LC1499/2

June 30, 2017 at 7:38pm
Yeas: 35 / Nays: 0 / Not voting: 2 / Recused: 0
Legislator Vote
Sen. Algiere Y
Sen. Archambault Y
Sen. Calkin Y
Sen. Ciccone Y
Sen. Conley Y
Sen. Cote Y
Sen. Coyne Y
Sen. Crowley NV
Sen. DaPonte Y
Sen. DiPalma Y
Sen. Doyle NV
Sen. Felag Y
Sen. Fogarty Y
Sen. Gallo Y
Sen. Gee Y
Sen. Goldin Y
Sen. Goodwin Y
Sen. Jabour Y
Sen. Kettle Y
Sen. Lombardi Y
Sen. Lombardo Y
Sen. Lynch Prata Y
Sen. McCaffrey Y
Sen. Metts Y
Sen. Miller Y
Sen. Morgan Y
Sen. Nesselbush Y
Sen. Paolino Y
Sen. Pearson Y
Sen. Picard Y
Sen. Quezada Y
Sen. Raptakis Y
Sen. Ruggerio Y
Sen. Satchell Y
Sen. Seveney Y
Sen. Sheehan Y
Sen. Sosnowski Y

Floor vote for Passage as Amended

June 30, 2017 at 7:38pm
Yeas: 33 / Nays: 2 / Not voting: 2 / Recused: 0
Legislator Vote
Sen. Algiere Y
Sen. Archambault Y
Sen. Calkin Y
Sen. Ciccone Y
Sen. Conley Y
Sen. Cote Y
Sen. Coyne Y
Sen. Crowley NV
Sen. DaPonte Y
Sen. DiPalma Y
Sen. Doyle NV
Sen. Felag Y
Sen. Fogarty Y
Sen. Gallo Y
Sen. Gee Y
Sen. Goldin Y
Sen. Goodwin Y
Sen. Jabour Y
Sen. Kettle N
Sen. Lombardi Y
Sen. Lombardo Y
Sen. Lynch Prata Y
Sen. McCaffrey Y
Sen. Metts Y
Sen. Miller Y
Sen. Morgan N
Sen. Nesselbush Y
Sen. Paolino Y
Sen. Pearson Y
Sen. Picard Y
Sen. Quezada Y
Sen. Raptakis Y
Sen. Ruggerio Y
Sen. Satchell Y
Sen. Seveney Y
Sen. Sheehan Y
Sen. Sosnowski Y