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Overview for Rhode Island

Rhode Island is one of the tougher states when it comes to firearm regulation. Though it’s nowhere near as strict as New York or California.

Rhode Island has a 7 day waiting period on firearms. If a firearm is stolen it must be reported to police within 24 hours of the owner’s discovery that it’s missing.

It is illegal to possess a sawn off rifle or shotgun.

Permit to PurchaseDetails
Open CarryDetails
Concealed CarryDetails
State Preemption of Local RestrictionsDetails
Firearm RegistrationDetails
Owner LicenseDetails

Law Long-guns Handguns
Permit to Purchase No Yes
Open Carry Yes Yes
Concealed Carry No Yes
State Preemption of Local Restrictions Yes Yes
Firearm Registration No No
Owner License No No

The Concealed Carry Permit

(often encompasses the open carry permit)

Official Concealed Carry page for Rhode Island.

Rhode Island Concealed Carry Reciprocity

Rhode Island Magazine Capacity

10 rounds
10 rounds

large capacity feeding devices are prohibited as of 6/20/2022

Rhode Island Imitation Firearms

What is classified as an Imitation Firearm in Rhode Island?

The following is a list of imitation firearms in Rhode Island:

Does Rhode Island have a gun buy back program?

Rhode Island does not run, or fund any gun buyback programs.

Does Rhode Island have an inheritance gun law?

Rhode Island does not have an inheritance gun law.

Rhode Island FAQ

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