A report released by Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Neronha on Monday has revealed that the state remains inundated with illegal firearms. Last year, prosecutors disposed of 799 cases related to illegal firearms, with 486 cases originating from Providence County. The report highlighted the prevalence of ghost guns, assault weapons, and high-capacity magazines in both rural and urban areas of the state. However, the report also showcased the state’s efforts to reduce violent crime. Rhode Island’s Urban Violent Crime Initiative, which connects National Integrated Ballistic Information Network machine to the database, has been successful in analyzing ballistic evidence and identifying connections between shooting incidents. Last year, the machine helped detectives close in on a couple in West Warwick who were suspected of conducting a gun-trafficking and ghost gun-manufacturing scheme. The report also noted that the state had aggressively enforced firearms laws, including banning high-capacity magazines. There were still 380 cases pending from last year, with six percent of cases involving a Polymer80 ghost gun and 37 percent involving a Smith & Wesson firearm.

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