Rhode Island

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Rhode Island is another northern state which restrictive laws when it pertains to obtaining a conceal carry permit.

Permits are issued by the AG or local authorities. Rhode Island has technical differences in terms of how they issue permits. The AG states Rhode Island is a “May Issue” state, where the local law indicates a “Shall Issue” state. Court cases in the future will clear this up.

To obtain a permit, you must indicated why you need one and how it will resolve the problem. Additionally, you must be 21 and have 3 notarized references for approval.

Rhode Island

  • Must be at least 21 years old
  • The applicant must have a residence or place of business within the town the application is submitted in.
  • Or have a residence within the United States and permit/license to carry a handgun concealed upon his or her person issued by the authorities of any other state or subdivision of the United States.
  • The applicant has a good reason to fear an injury to his or her person or property.
  • The applicant has any other proper reason to be licensed.
  • The applicant shall be a suitable person to be so licensed.
  • A person prohibited from having a firearm by any state or Federal Law, or court order is not eligible to obtain a permit to carry a concealed weapon.
  • Federal Law – Prohibits the following persons 

Follow these steps to obtain a permit

  1. Download the application under the FORMS tab.
  2. Complete the application form. It must be printed or typed or it will be returned.
  3. Application must be notarized.
  4. If applying through the AG, the application must be signed or stamped by the local Police Chief or a city hall official in the city or town of the applicant’s residence.
  5. Enclose two (2) 1” X 1” pictures of the applicant taken without headgear or glasses. This photo must be a clear, colored picture of the head and face. Please PRINT applicant’s name on the back of each picture. NO laminated photos will be accepted.
  6. Three (3) References AND reference letters are required for new AND renewal applications and are to be submitted along with the application. All three references are to TYPE (not handwritten) a letter for the applicant pertaining to the gun permit that is SIGNED, DATED AND MUST BE NOTARIZED. Reference letters must be written by the reference, not the applicant, and cannot be identical.
  7. Proof of qualification before a certified weapons instructor; i.e., N.R.A. Instructor or Police range instructor must be supplied along with a copy of the instructor’s NRA/FBI firearms instructor’s certification. Qualifications will only be accepted up to one year old and you cannot qualify yourself.
  8. Two types of positive identification must be submitted, photocopied, signed and dated by a Notary Public, attesting to be true copies.
  9. All NON-RESIDENT APPLICANTS must include a copy of the their home state permit.
  10. All new pistol permits issued must have a full set of applicant’s fingerprints submitted on a FBI FINGERPRINT APPLICANT CARD included with the application. Fingerprint card must be signed by applicant. This is not necessary for a renewal application.
  11. If the permit is to be used for employment, a TYPED AND SIGNED letter of explanation must be submitted on your employer’s letterhead and included with the application. Also, please include a copy of the business license as proof that the business exists.
  12. If the permit is not for employment, a typed letter must be submitted by the applicant stating the reasons why a permit is needed on a full time basis.
  13. All letters must be dated. They will not accept a photocopy of any signature.
  14. Retired Police Officers must submit a letter of verification from the Chief of Police of the department which they retired from stating that they have completed 20 years of good standing.
  15. A Forty dollar ($40.00) CHECK OR MONEY ORDER must be presented when picking up permit. DO NOT SEND A CHECK OR MONEY ORDER WITH YOUR APPLICATION.
  16. Applicant will be notified by mail of approval or denial of permit. If approved, applicant must appear in person to pick up permit.

New Permits: $40
Renewal: $40

Accepted forms of payment
Check, Money order

Rhode Island

Rhode Island

Rhode Island

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Rhode Island

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      Places Allowed

      • Road side rest areas
      • Vehicle
      • All areas of the state – except those listed below 

      Places Not Allowed

      • You cannot carry a firearm if you are under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
      • Any place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by Federal Law. 

      Rhode Island

      No
      NO – Without a Permit/License You must have a permit/license to open carry. Different sources are saying that only a permit/license from the Rhode Island Attorney General will allow you to open carry and that if your permit was issued by the local Authorities then you are not allowed to open carry.
      Yes
      YES/NO – Without a Permit/License You must have a valid permit/license to carry a loaded handgun in any vehicle. If you are a resident of Rhode Island and do not have a permit there are certain conditions where you can transport handguns in a vehicle; The handguns are merchandise The handguns are unloaded and are being transported from the place of purchase to your home or place of business You are moving the handguns from one place of living or business to another You are transporting the handgun to or from a target practice range (handgun must be broken down, unloaded and secured in separate container or openly carried.)
      No
      NO It is illegal to carry in state parks, state forests, WMA’s. Roadside rest areas are OK.
      Yes
      YES – In Restaurants That Serve Alcohol “Yes” or “No” states if you can carry in a restaurant that serves alcohol. Some restaurants may be posted with “NO GUN” signs. Check with the staff if this means just the bar area. If we have indicated a “Yes” then it should be legal to have a meal without drinking alcohol.
      No
      UNKOWN – We have been unable to find any info on “No Weapons” signs in Rhode Island gun laws. So please follow the advice below.
      No
      NO – Must Inform Officer on Contact By Law There is nothing in Rhode Island gun laws that state you must inform a law enforcement officer you have a firearm when approached on official business. The law does require you to carry your permit at all times during which the permittee is in actual possession of a concealed handgun.

      Rhode Island

      Quick Facts

      Open Carry

      No

      Carry In Vehicle

      Yes

      Carry In State Parks

      No

      Carry In Restaurants

      Yes

      Constitutional Carry

      No

      No Weapons Signs Enforced

      Must Notify Officer

      No
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