“A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” – 2nd Amendment to the United States Constitution.
“The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” – Article I, Section 22 of the Rhode Island Constitution.
These rights, as contained in the State and US Constitution, seem pretty straight forward, don't they? Well, they're not as clear cut as one might imagine. Especially in Rhode Island. In Rhode Island, you may not “bear arms” anywhere in this state except on your own personal property or at your place of business (where you are the owner), without a permit issued by either a chief of police of one of the cities or towns or the Attorney General. In fact, it is a felony to do so, punishable by up to 10 years in prison if you are convicted.
There are a slew of charges involving the use or possession of firearms that prosecutors can and do use to raise the stakes for you in your case. Many of these criminal charges carry mandatory prison time if you are convicted – some of that prison time is required to run consecutively to any other sentence already imposed upon you. The state even has a specialized court to deal with these charges – the Superior Court Gun Court calendar, which is one of the busiest calendars in the state. It also hands out some of the stiffest criminal sentences in the state mainly because gun crimes have such harsh penalties attached to them.
At Inman & Tourgee, Attorney Charles Calenda is an experienced criminal defense attorney with years of practice in Gun Court and as a legal instructor for several firearm courses offered through private organizations. He is thoroughly familiar with Rhode Island's draconian gun laws and the daunting process you will face if charged with a firearm-related criminal offense. With 13 years of criminal law practice under his belt, Attorney Calenda has seen these cases from both sides of the proverbial aisle. He was the state prosecutor in charge of the Gun Court during his time at the Attorney General's Office and is a go-to attorney for gun-rights groups here in Rhode Island as a result of his knowledge and experience dealing with Rhode Island gun laws. Call the office today for your free consultation with him to make sure your right to keep and bear arms will not be infringed!