Open carry means carrying a firearm or other weapon where anyone can see it, such as in an open holster. Open carry of long guns, (rifles and shotguns,) is legal in Rhode Island under state law.
Why is open carry such a rarity in Rhode Island, where it is perfectly legal? The answer: social norms and selective harassment. Authorities and concerned citizens see an armed person- especially minorities or poor folk- and assume they’re up to no good, because why would anyone need to carry a gun on their back when we have the police to protect us?
Police and emergency services’ response times are limited by their own capabilities, training, and the exact timing and nature of a dangerous situation. Citizens have the right under the 2nd Amendment and RI Constitution to keep and bear arms, and courts and police should uphold their rights to bear arms and use them in self defense when they or their loved ones’ safety are threatened.
RICRU supports the upholding and enhancement of citizens’ rights to bear opens openly and concealed as the Founders intended. As a common sense determent to crime and foreign invasion, lawmakers should protect the inherent right of the average citizen to bear arms, and in doing so recreate our nations’ original atmosphere of individual self-reliance and education on firearms safety.