Rhode Island Gun Laws

Rhode Island State Gun And Self-Defense Laws: YOU MUST ABIDE WITH ALL LAWS: STATE, FEDERAL AND LOCAL. Always Consult An Attorney                                               

Rifles & Shotguns Handguns
Permit to Purchase NO* NO**
Registration of Firearms NO NO
Licensing of Owners NO NO
Permit to Carry NO YES


*Application required and 7-day waiting period.

** Safety course and application required and 7-day waiting period.


State Self-Defense Law Review: Always Consult An Attorney

Duty to retreat before using Deadly force outside of Special Places


Crimes Justifying use of Deadly Force outside of Special Places

Not Mentioned

Duty to Retreat when occupying special Places - Special places Mentioned in Statute such as Home, Workplace, Occupied Vehicle

Yes, unless you’re an owner, tenant or guest threatened with burglary or breaking and entering

Presumption of Reasonableness in Special Places - Unlawful Acts justifying use of Deadly Force in Special Places

Yes, but presumptions only apply to burglary or breaking and entering types of offenses

Immunity from Civil liability

Same presumptions apply in civil cases and in criminal cases

Notable Provisions of this State's Self-Defense Law


How to obtain a Concealed Carry Permit in Rhode Island


Pistol and Revolver Permits

RIGL §11-47-18 empowers the Attorney General to issue a license or permit to state residents 21 years of age or older to carry a pistol or revolver, whether concealed or not, upon a proper showing of need. In assessing the need of an applicant to carry a pistol or revolver, the Office also considers the issuance of a restricted permit for specified purposes.

By applying for a permit to carry a pistol or revolver with the Department of Attorney General, you are exercising your right under Rhode Island General Law §11-47-18. It is this statute which gives the Department of Attorney General the right and responsibility to administer this program in accordance with the law. It is intended as a service to the people of Rhode Island.

Rhode Island Instructions For a Concealed Carry Permit:  CLICK HERE

Rhode Island Weapons Carry Permit Packet:  CLICK HERE