State Gun Laws for Rhode Island

Rhode Island State Gun And Self-Defense Laws: YOU MUST ABIDE WITH ALL LAWS: STATE, FEDERAL AND LOCAL. *Always Consult An Attorney.

Rhode Island Gun Laws

Rhode Island Gun Laws

Licensing/Registration
Rifles/Shotguns
Handguns
Permit to Purchase
No
No
Firearm Registration
No
No
Licensing of Owners
No
No
Permit to Carry
No
Yes
Legal Liabilities
Responsibility
*'Special places' mentioned in statute, such as:
home, workplace, occupied vehicle.
Duty to retreat before using deadly force outside of special places
Yes
Crimes justifying the use of deadly force outside of special places
No
Duty to retreat before using deadly force when occupying special places
Yes
Crimes justifying the use of deadly force in special places (Presumption of Reasonableness)
Yes
Immunity from civil liability
Yes
Notable provisions of self-defense law in Rhode Island
N/A

How to obtain a Concealed Carry Permit in Rhode Island

Pistol and Revolver Permits

RIGL §11-47-18 empowers the Attorney General to issue a license or permit to state residents 21 years of age or older to carry a pistol or revolver, whether concealed or not, upon a proper showing of need. In assessing the need of an applicant to carry a pistol or revolver, the Office also considers the issuance of a restricted permit for specified purposes.

By applying for a permit to carry a pistol or revolver with the Department of Attorney General, you are exercising yourRright under Rhode Island General Law §11-47-18. It is this statute which gives the Department of Attorney General the right and responsibility to administer this program in accordance with the law. It is intended as a service to the people of Rhode Island.

Rhode Island Instructions For a Concealed Carry Permit:  CLICK HERE

Rhode Island Weapons Carry Permit Packet:  CLICK HERE


 State Gun Laws Rhode Island RI 

Rhode Island Sate Gun Laws Vary From All Other States

State gun laws vary significantly from in Rhode Island to all other states. The laws identify different gun related laws including the possession, the use, and the sale of firearms and ammunition, and in some states it even regulates accessories that can be used on the gun including the capacity of magazine sizes for both semi-automatic rifles, shotguns, and handguns. Also, many states even including Rhode Island have regulations regarding the number of rounds that can be in a shotgun tube or magazine. (For Hunting) There are even specific gun laws unique to the District of Columbia and for US held territories.

Many state gun laws are even more restrictive than federal laws in both their content, their form, and the restriction of what types of weapons and ammunition can be sold within the state and the manner in which they can be possessed by state or territorial residents. It is vital that all residents of Rhode Island know ALL of the State Gun Laws!

As of 2019 there are 44 states that have some special provisions in their state constitutions that are very similar in language used in the second amendment of the United States Constitution, specifically language which protects the citizens of the State the rights to keep and bear arms.

In Rhode Island As In All States You Must Know The Gun Laws

The states which are well known to be anti-gun, and seem to have obvious political leanings against the Second Amendment are New York, California, New Jersey, Iowa, Minnesota and Maryland. Luckily, in the US supreme court decision of McDonald vs. Chicago; That the protections of the Second Amendment to keep and bear arms for self defense in one’s home apply against state governments and their politically motivated provisions, thereby preventing a state from abolishing completely any second amendment protections afforded by the US Constitution.

Typically, and in many cases State Gun Laws (Firearms) of Rhode Island are usually less restrictive than federal laws yet is not always the case, and one must be aware of these restrictions anytime they are purchasing or carrying a firearm in Rhode Island especially while using a concealed carry permit and traveling between states. There are many states that have reciprocity agreements and Rhode Island may be one of them, the recipocity are very specific on what states your particular permit will be accepted and recognized.

If You Travel From Rhode Island With A Gun Know The Recipocity Laws!

Keep in mind that although your Rhode Island permit may have a reciprocity agreement with a state you plan to visit the visiting state may have individual gun restrictions preventing your particular firearm or type of ammunition from being in their state, it is always wise to do your homework before traveling, keep in mind that a reciprocity CCW permit is not a blanket approval.

Remember this does not automatically include any de jure immunity against prosecution for violating any Rhode Island state gun laws or possible violations of any federal gun laws!

It should be noted that Rhode Island state and local police departments are generally not legally required or obligated to enforce federal gun laws as per the US Supreme Court ruling in Printz vs. The United States.

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