Concealed carry permits (CCPs) for handguns are easily attainable in Rhode Island by qualified citizens. All you have to do is qualify at a shooting range by an NRA-certified instructor with a good score in the caliber of gun you want to carry, then apply to a local police department. Open carry of long guns is legal by state law without a permit.
Rhode Island is a shall-issue state: A police chief is obligated by state law to issue your concealed carry permit if you are not disqualified as a felon, drunkard, drug addict, or have been involuntarily put into mental health treatment in the past five years and not declared ‘cured.’ This empowers the average citizen to acquire a handgun to protect themselves from criminals, creating a statewide deterrent against violent crime.
Until 2016, many residents were denied their CCPs illegally by a policy where police departments referred applicants to the attorney general’s office, who was legally able to deny almost anyone. This circumvention of the text and meaning of state law was put to an end when the RI Supreme Court struck this practice down, making police departments the issuers of CCP applicants again. Get trained in gun safety and shooting, then apply to your local police department today if you want to be able to defend yourself from violent criminals with a sidearm.
- The United States’ 2nd Amendment guarantees the right to keep and bear arms. The Supreme Court ruled this applies to individuals, not just militias.
- The RI Constitution contains an additional, unqualified version, stating: “The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”
- The State Supreme Court recently declared that local police chiefs SHALL issue Concealed Carry Permits for handguns to ALL qualified individuals WITHOUT showing any special need, such as carrying for work. This means any RI resident in good standing can apply to legally carry a handgun for self defense.
- Open carry of long guns (not handguns) in public is LEGAL in RI without a permit or explanation.
A great way to protect you & your family in an active shooter situation is to be well-trained and well-armed.
Not everyone can or will be armed, but a few good guys with guns on the scene can make a world of difference.
Unfortunately, especially in New England, guns are considered almost taboo despite RI’s liberal gun laws.
It’s up to you to decide if exercising your right to carry a firearm is the best way for you to protect your loved ones.
The only way for good guys to have guns when a maniac starts shooting is for We The People to make responsible gun ownership normal again, and teach firearm safety to EVERYONE! The police can’t be everywhere at once.
Don’t sit & hope. Protect your life – legally & safely!
- The first thing to do is learn basic firearms safety, whether you plan to own or carry a gun or not. EVERYONE should know how to safely handle a gun. It should be taught in schools or at home! We fear what we don’t understand. Everyone should be taught gun safety.
- Learn how to shoot well, from a qualified instructor. It doesn’t have to be an academy or NRA-qualified instructor but these are best, and will be needed to qualify for your Concealed Carry Permit before you can legally carry.
- Get qualified by an NRA-certified instructor, with a good target score, for the caliber you want to carry.
- Apply to your local police department for a Concealed Carry Permit. There will be fees and wait time, but remember that they legally MUST issue you your permit (RI Supreme Court April 2015 decision) unless you are disqualified due to criminal convictions, mental health problems, addiction, etc. That’s it! That’s all it takes!
In the wake of multiple US mass shootings that may have been prevented by legal gun-holders, our state & national legislators are taking advantage of preventable tragedies to further a national political agenda of disarming civilians.
A whopping 19 bills are currently being pushed thru the RI General Assembly to inflict arbitrary restrictions on legal gun owners in the name of “protecting the children”, etc.
By making guns harder to legally access for normal folk, they purport to prevent criminals from killing- despite the fact that cars, power tools, explosive fertilizer, knives, & other tools of destruction remain readily available to all.
The barrage of bills is a common legislative tactic to see that at least a few bills sneak into law. Fortunately, law-abiding citizens are showing up en masse to speak out!
Many of these bills were sponsored by district 34’s Rep Teresa Tanzi, who is highly anti-gun. Whoever your legislator is, it’s important to let them know your feelings on gun rights.