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You can legally make use of firearms in Rhode Island.
However, there are a lot of conditions for this. There are location restrictions and firearms that are unlawful.
You need to pay attention to this so as not to infringe on the state law if you want to open carry.
Rhode Island issues a license to conceal carry weapons for the possession of firearms.
The state has a shall-issue and a may-issue policy. The local police chief is in charge of the license application, and the state attorney general may issue licenses to non-residents too.
The license also serves as a purchase permit to buy firearms in the state, but it does not exempt you from undergoing the criminal record background check.
The age requirement to apply for this license is twenty-one years old.
Yes. You can open carry in Rhode Island as long as you meet the required age of twenty-one, and you do not have any restriction order or prohibition against the use of firearms.
Rhode Island is a licensed open carry state, and you must first obtain the state license before you can open carry.
However, not all firearms are legal in the state. Assault firearms like machine guns and semi-automatic weapons are unlawful except with permission from the state attorney general.
The only exceptions to this are military members and law enforcement officers.
|State permit for open carry.||No||Yes||You must obtain a Rhode Island license to open carry a firearm in the state.|
|Firearm registrations for open carry.||No||No||Rhode Island does not have any requirement to register firearms for open carry in the state|
|Assault weapon for open carry.||No||No||The state prohibits the possession of assault weapons except for rare cases after getting a license from the attorney general.|
|Magazine limit||No||No||There is no limit to the number of rounds a firearm magazine can contain.|
|License for the owner of a firearm.||Not required||Not required||Rhode Island does not issue any other license to firearm owners in the state.|
|Red flag law||Yes||Yes||Rhode Island issues extreme risk protection order against residents of the state that are a threat to themselves or public safety|
|Castle doctrine law||Yes||Yes||You have a duty to stand your ground in your home or any property you own or occupy.|
|Background check for private dealers||Yes||Yes||Every firearm dealer in the state must complete the criminal record background check through a local police station.|
|Preemption||Yes||Yes||The state reserves all rights to regulate the use of firearms. However, local governments can enact laws for public safety and regulate the discharge of firearms within their boundaries.|
|Concealed carry permit.||Yes||Yes||You need a Rhode Island license to conceal carry in the state.|
|Concealed carry in personal vehicle||Yes||Yes||You can conceal carry in your vehicle as long as you are with a Rhode Island license.|
|Open carry in Schools||No||No||The state prohibits open carry and possession of firearms in schools, colleges, universities, and other technical institutions.|
Rhode Island does not prohibit open carry and possession of firearms in the following parts of the state:
You cannot open carry in the following areas of Rhode Island:
Some of the most frequently asked questions about open carry in Rhode Island include the following.
Yes. To open carry in Rhode Island, you must have the state’s license to carry.
Yes. You can only conceal carry in the state with Rhode Island license to carry concealed weapons.
No. The same permit license is valid for both open and concealed carry in the state.
You can open carry in Rhode Island if you are twenty-one years old or more.
The age requirement for concealed carry in the state is twenty-one years old.
You must be at least twenty-one years old before you can apply for a Rhode Island firearm license.
Yes. The state will issue a protection order to citizens who are at risk, upon getting a petition form a law enforcement agency.
Such a person will not be able to buy, sell, and possess firearms in the state.
Yes. Non-residents that have permits to use firearms from their state can apply for Rhode Island License to carry in a local county.
Non-residents that do not have a permit, prior, can apply for the Rhode Island license. Still, the state attorney general will have the discretion to either approve or deny such application.
The application process is similar to that of residents of the state.
No. Rhode Island does not permit constitutional carry in the state.
Knives are legalized in Rhode Island, so long the intention is not to use it for any unlawful activity or against another person.
However, Rhode Island prohibits the use of weapons like daggers, stiletto, bowie knives, or any other knife that has a blade with a length of more than three inches.
Also, you cannot possess knives in restricted areas of the state like schools.
Yes. The state prohibits the manufacture, sales, purchase, and possession of machine guns.
The only exception to this is in rare cases where the state attorney general issues a license for the use of such firearms within the state’s jurisdiction.
Rhode Island's license to carry firearms also serves as the state permit for purchasing firearms.
You must own this license before you buy a firearm in the state.
Yes. All firearm dealers in the state must complete a criminal record background check through a local police station or the sheriff’s office.
The maximum duration to complete this check is one week.
Your license is valid for four years, after which you have to apply for a renewal.
No, you do not have any duty to inform the police or law enforcement officer you come across with about your firearm except when requested to do so.
Yes. The state has a stand your ground rule for anybody in a place that he or she owns, either by being a tenant or just an occupant.
Yes. Rhode Island permits the use of lethal or deadly force when you feel that an attack can lead to bodily harm or imminent death while defending yourself and your territory.
There is no duty to retreat during self-defense in a dwelling place.
Yes. You must apply for a state-approved firearm training, and obtain a certificate from that training.
The duration for the training is at least two hours, with a state-certified instructor overseeing it.
No. The state does not have any requirement for the registration of firearms after buying.
Some of Rhode Island gun laws that are relevant to situations of open carry in the state include the following:
It is a prohibition to make use of armored-piercing ammunition in Rhode Island.
Rhode Island preempts local gun laws. The state reserves all power to regulate and prohibit the use of firearms within its jurisdiction.
However, local governments have permission to pass laws that will protect the general public from the dangers of firearms and other deadly weapons.
Rhode Island gun laws also prohibit the discharge of firearms in any place not licensed for range shooting, except on a property owned by a firearm user.
Rhode Island gun law defines the deliberate use of firearms recklessly, or to threaten someone, as improper conduct.
Anybody that is involved in this could face prosecution.
Rhode Island enforces red flag law in the state such that a law enforcement officer can file a petition that will prohibit an individual from making use of firearms in the state.
The petition wild also restricts such persons from buying, selling, or possessing a firearm in Rhode Island, as long as the order remains valid.
Individuals issued with protection orders are a risk to themselves or the society at large.
You cannot possess or use a firearm while under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or any other substance controlled by the Drug enforcement agency in the state.
You can open carry while hunting in the state, and this includes bow hunting.
However, it is illegal to use the firearm to take an animal while bow hunting, and the maximum gun per hunter is just one.
Rhode Island has hunter harassment laws in the state.
Nobody shall disturb or interfere with hunting activity while in a licensed location.
Involving is any of the following is a violation of this law: