Rhode Island Expandable Baton Laws

by Andrew - Admin
(Pennsylvania)

Although it does not specifically state "expandable baton", I am pretty sure when they speak of bludgeon and/or billy it would include expandable batons.


This laws is very clear as compared to many states laws. In Rhode Island (RI) it looks like expandable batons are illegal to have, carry and use. Please see this statement below (No person shall carry or possess or attempt to use against another).

I am not providing legal advice and I am not a attorney, but I highly suggest not owning or carrying an expandable baton in Rhode Island. If you decide you want to go against my suggestion I highly suggest speaking with an attorney first so you know what consequences you face if you are caught.

Here is the info I used.

TITLE 11
Criminal Offenses

CHAPTER 11-47
Weapons

SECTION 11-47-42


§ 11-47-42 Weapons other than firearms prohibited. – (a)(1) No person shall carry or possess or attempt to use against another any instrument or weapon of the kind commonly known as a blackjack, slingshot, billy, sandclub, sandbag, metal knuckles, slap glove, bludgeon, stun-gun, or the so called "Kung-Fu" weapons.

(2) No person shall with intent to use unlawfully against another, carry or possess a crossbow, dagger, dirk, stiletto, sword-in-cane, bowie knife, or other similar weapon designed to cut and stab another.

(3) No person shall wear or carry concealed upon his person, any of the above-mentioned instruments or weapons, or any razor, or knife of any description having a blade of more than three (3) inches in length measuring from the end of the handle where the blade is attached to the end of the blade, or other weapon of like kind or description.

Any person violating the provisions of these subsections shall be punished by a fine of not more than one thousand dollars ($1,000) or by imprisonment for not more than one year, or both, and the weapon so found shall be confiscated.

Any person violating the provisions of these subsections while he or she is incarcerated within the confines of the adult correctional institutions shall be punished by a fine of not less than one thousand dollars ($1,000) nor more than three thousand dollars ($3,000), or by imprisonment for not less than one year nor more than five (5) years, or both, and the weapon so found shall be confiscated.

(b) No person shall sell to a person under eighteen (18) years of age, without the written authorization of the minor's parent or legal guardian, any stink bomb, blackjack, slingshot, bill, sandclub, sandbag, metal knuckles, slap glove, bludgeon, stungun, paint ball gun, so called "kung-fu" weapons, dagger, dirk, stiletto, sword-in-cane, bowie knife, razor, or knife of any description having a blade of more than three inches (3") in length as described in subsection (a) of this section, or any multi-pronged star with sharpened edges designed to be used as a weapon and commonly known as a Chinese throwing star, except that an individual who is actually engaged in the instruction of martial arts and licensed under § 5-43-1 may carry and possess any multi-pronged star with sharpened edges for the sole purpose of instructional use. Any person violating the provisions of this subsection shall be punished by a fine of not less than one thousand dollars ($1,000) nor more than three thousand dollars ($3,000), or by imprisonment for not less than one year nor more than five (5) years, or both, and the weapons so found shall be confiscated.

History of Section.
(G.L. 1896, ch. 283, §§ 23, 24; P.L. 1907, ch. 1436, § 1; P.L. 1908, ch. 1572, § 1; G.L. 1909, ch. 349, §§ 32, 33; P.L. 1910, ch. 591, § 1; P.L. 1911, ch. 709, § 1; P.L. 1915, ch. 1258, § 15; G.L. 1923, ch. 401, § 32; G.L. 1938, ch. 612, § 31; G.L. 1956, § 11-47-32; G.L., § 11-47-42; P.L. 1959, ch. 75, § 1; P.L. 1975, ch. 278, § 1; P.L. 1985, ch. 310, § 1; P.L. 1987, ch. 79, § 1; P.L. 1991, ch. 281, § 1; P.L. 2012, ch. 292, § 1.)

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