Gun laws in Rhode Island protect the rights of the people to keep and bear arms. Rhode Island gun laws are quite restrictive and make it difficult for residents to obtain gun permits in the state. Gun permits can be issued by the local authorities or the Attorney General.
The state of Rhode Island requires applicants to wait seven days to pick up a firearm after purchasing, in which time a background check is conducted. According to the gun laws in Rhode Island, it operates on a “Shall Issue” and the Attorney General's “May Issue" policy. Applicants for a concealed handgun permit are required to explain why they need a firearm and how it will help them with their problem. They must be 21 years old or older with three typed and notarized references. Applications are filed with the local Police Chief.
Permissive Open carry in Rhode Island
You must have a permit/license to open carry. Different sources cite 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.
Carrying in vehicles
Any resident can carry a loaded handgun in their cars with a permit in the state of Rhode Island. A concealed handgun, however, doesn't need to be hidden and not displayed in an unlocked glovebox or console. They must have a valid permit/license to carry a loaded handgun in their vehicle. If Residents of Rhode Island don't have a permit there are certain conditions where you can transport handguns in a vehicle:
- The handguns are not loaded and are being transported from the place of purchase to their home or place of business
- They are transporting the handgun to or out of a target practice range
Residents need a permit to carry their concealed weapons in their vehicle.
Notifying a police officer
The gun laws in Rhode Island state that you are not required to inform or inform a law enforcement officer of the firearm you are carrying when you are approached while on official business. You need to carry your permit in case you have a concealed handgun in your possession.
Carry in restaurants in Rhode Island
In Rhode Island, residents are prohibited from carrying firearms into an establishment whose primary business is to serve alcohol. Restaurants, in general, allow you to carry firearms into restaurants as long as it's not at the bar area, you can check with the restaurant staff to clarify. Also if the restaurant does not have a “no weapons” sign, it is legal to have a meal without consuming alcohol.
Possession of Machine Guns in Rhode Island
It is against the law to manufacture, sell, buy or possess a machine gun. However, the attorney general has the right to issue may be a license to manufacture and sell machine guns and machine gun parts. The attorney general can also issue a license to a bank or carrier permitting them to possess machine guns.
Removal of the serial number or name of the firearm
It is illegal to change, alter, remove or obliterate the name of the maker, model, manufacturer's number or another mark that identifies on any firearm. The possession of a firearm that has its marks altered will create a legal presumption that the possessor committed an offense.
Unlawful to carry/transport while under the influence
It is against the law to carry or transport any firearm when a resident is under the influence of intoxicating liquor or narcotic drugs.
The state prohibits any government institution from keeping a list of private firearms
Rhode Island has enacted a statute that prohibits any government agency or political subdivision from maintaining a list or register of privately owned firearms.