State Laws

Rhode Island Gun Laws


Rhode Island Gun Laws
Local licensing authorities have named Rhode Island as a "shall issue" state, and many licensing issues in regards to MAY issuing are handle by the Attorney General. Applications for concealed weapons permits will be signed by the chief of police in the county of residency to verify that the applicant does indeed live in that county. The application is then submitted to the Attorney General for approval or denial.

A majority of the time to be eligible for conceal weapons permit approval, a National Rifle Association safety course will need to be completed through the state of Rhode Island through the instruction of a certified NRA instructor. Applications also require fingerprinting through the local BCI, which can take anywhere from four to six weeks for verification of a Federal Bureau of Investigation card.

Applying for concealed weapons permits in Rhode Island can be rather lengthy and can last between three months and four months. After an application has been submitted, there needs to be a ninety-day waiting period before a follow-up response is allowed.

Different Kinds of Firearms
Though Rhode Island does not require that individuals obtain permits before purchasing a shotgun or a rifle, an application and a safety course must be completed beforehand along with a seven-day time period. Permits are also unnecessary for purchasing handguns but an application must first be processed and seven days allowed before the purchase can be completed.

Handguns, rifles, and shotguns do not need to be registered in the state of Rhode Island. Individuals also do not need to be licensed to own handguns, rifles, or shotguns. Individuals are not required to have any kind of permit to carry a shotgun or a rifle but are required to have a permit in order to carry a handgun.

Firearm Purchase
Individuals must be over the age of eighteen to purchase a firearm in Rhode Island. They also cannot be ineligible for possessing a firearm through federal law or state law.

Before a sale is to be completed, a "Purchase of a Shotgun or Rifle Application Form" must first be filled out with either a private seller or a licensed dealer. Each seller or dealer is required to verify each customer with background checks, which can be done with the state police superintendent or the local police.

Each form copy will be kept for up to six years after the date of purchase. Another copy will be presented to police department in charge of the area where the purchase was made. The Attorney General will receive a third copy.

Possession Firearms
Rhode Island law prohibits certain individuals from possessing, controlling, or owning firearms for safety purposes. These individuals include those who have been convicted of violent crimes, those who are justice fugitives, those who are illegal aliens, those where are being treated for mental illnesses, those under the age of eighteen, alcoholics, and those who have been confined for drug addiction. After five years of sobriety, previous drug addicts and alcoholics may have their rights restored.

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