Rhode Island Gun Laws
Open carry allowed only with permit
Duty to Notify Law Enforcement:
Only when asked by the officer
Carry in prohibited. Firearms must be unloaded and cased in vehicle.
Restaurants Serving Alcohol:
Firearms at Colleges:
Schools individually decide the weapons policy.
Firearms at K-12 Schools:
RI permittees may have loaded handgun in vehicle only.
Magazine Capacity Limitations:
Vehicle Possession Without Recognized Permit:
Handguns allowed in vehicle if you possess a valid license or permit from any other state that allows you to carry a handgun in a vehicle
Firearm Law Uniformity:
Uniform throughout state
Permit Training Requirements:
Must take a class from a certified NRA instructor.
Permit Issuing Authority:
AG or Local Officials
Depends on if you apply from the AG or Local Officials. Both issue permits.
State Contact Info:
Rhode Island Attorney General
150 S Main St.
Providence, RI 02903
Length of Permit Validity:
Permit Application Process:
Depends on where you apply.
Non-residents who live in or own a business in RI may apply for local officials. Other non-residents may apply from RI Attorney General
Places Off Limits:
Carrying of Weapon While Under the Influence of Liquor or Drugs. - It is unlawful to carry
or transport any firearm in this state when intoxicated or under the influence of intoxicating liquor or narcotic
Resident Permit Reciprocity:
Duty to Retreat:
Duty to Retreat before using Deadly Force except when in your dwelling (11-8-08)
No legal restriction - Reference article on page 67
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