Rhode Island's Concealed Carry

Rhode Island is both a "may issue" and "shall issue" state depending on the party issuing the permit. Most local authorities are considered "shall issue" while any given by Rhode Island's attorney general are "may issue". The attorney general does not normally issue permits unless that applicant is retired law enforcement, and since many local governments defer to them it can be very hard to obtain a permit.


RI Gen. Stat. 11–47–11, RI Gen. Stat. 11–47–18

What is Concealed Carry?

Concealed carry is the ability to, legally carry a gun that is not plainly visible. This applies to carrying it on one's person, or inside their vehicle. While many states allow concealed carry of a firearm on one's person with a permit, most do not allow concealed carry in a vehicle, or have strict guidelines on how the gun must be stored.

Most states require the applicant be at least 21 to apply for a permit, along with other requirements unique from state to state. There is a fee invaulved in getting a CCW which varies widly from state to state. Some states honor the concealed carry permit of certain other states (see the Permits Honored section for a complete listing).

Other Rhode Island firearm laws

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