Pawtucket man charged with lying on firearm purchase application

PROVIDENCE, RI (WLNE) — A Pawtucket man has been charged with providing false information to purchase a firearm after his alleged attempt to obtain a weapon from a licensed dealer in June of 2023.

Richard Osoria, 23, was charged with one count of providing false information while attempting to secure a firearm according to the office of Rhode Island Attorney General Peter F. Neronha.

Osoria allegedly attempted to purchase a handgun from Lost Treasures Gun and Coin in Pawtucket and was denied after a background check notified the dealer that he was prohibited from possessing a firearm.

An investigation found that Osoria has no contact order with a former girlfriend and had been arrested twice for domestic incidents in 2022.

Osoria allegedly lied twice on his federal application by denying he had been convicted of domestic violence and denying that he was currently subject to a court-issued restraining order.