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Rhode Island Gun Laws

  Open Carry: Open carry allowed only with permit
  Duty to Notify Law Enforcement: Only when asked by the officer
  State Parks: Carry in prohibited. Firearms must be unloaded and cased in vehicle.
  Restaurants Serving Alcohol: No restriction
  Firearms at Colleges: Schools individually decide the weapons policy.
  Firearms at K-12 Schools: RI permittees may have loaded handgun in vehicle only.
  Magazine Capacity Limitations: Magazines of a capacity of more than 10 are illegal effective June 20th, 2022. Within 180 days of that date existing magazines of 11+ capacity must be modified, surrendered, or transferred out of state.
  Suppressor Ownership: Prohibited
  Vehicle Possession Without Recognized Permit: Handguns allowed in vehicle if you possess a valid license or permit from any other state that allows you to carry a handgun in a vehicle
  Firearm Law Uniformity: Uniform throughout state
  Permit Training Requirements: Must take a class from a certified NRA instructor.
  Permit Issuing Authority: AG or Local Officials
  May/Shall Issue: Depends on if you apply from the AG or Local Officials. Both issue permits.
  State Contact Info: Rhode Island Attorney General
150 S Main St.
Providence, RI 02903
  Length of Permit Validity: Four Years
  Permit Application Process: Depends on where you apply.
  Non-Resident Permits: Non-residents who live in or own a business in RI may apply for local officials. Other non-residents may apply from RI Attorney General
  Places Off Limits: Carrying of Weapon While Under the Influence of Liquor or Drugs. - It is unlawful to carry
or transport any firearm in this state when intoxicated or under the influence of intoxicating liquor or narcotic
  Constitutional Carry: No
  Resident Permit Reciprocity:
  Duty to Retreat: Duty to Retreat before using Deadly Force except when in your dwelling (11-8-08)
  Hotels: No legal restriction - Reference article on page 67
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