A Rhode Island firearm bill of sale is a document that records a firearm transaction between a seller (private or licensed) and a buyer. When purchasing a rifle, shotgun, or handgun, the buyer will be asked to complete an application form, and the seller must allow seven (7) days to elapse before handing over the firearm. After the sale is finalized, a bill of sale must be provided with the purchased firearm. This bill of sale details the manufacturer, model, action type, and caliber/gauge of the weapon being sold as well as the purchase price. Information on both the seller and the buyer will be included in the bill of sale.
- Firearm laws – Chapter 11-47
- Background check required? Yes, all private firearm transfers require a background check on the buyer.
- Permit required to purchase? Yes, but only for handguns; long guns may be purchased without a permit.
Concealed Carry Laws
The State of Rhode Island requires citizens to apply for a license to carry a concealed firearm anywhere within the state. Rhode Island is a “shall issue” state, with local authorities issuing conceal carry licenses to applicants as long as they meet all of the application requirements. A concealed carry license is only valid for four (4) years, and licensees must apply in the same manner as new applicants upon expiration. To apply for a concealed carry license, applicants must complete the steps below.
- Complete the Application for License to Carry a Concealed Weapon and sign the document in the presence of a notary public. The application form must also be signed or stamped by the local Police Chief or a city hall official.
- Two (2) photos must be taken of the applicant to be submitted with the application form.
- The applicant must obtain reference letters from three (3) different references (must be notarized).
- The applicant must complete training for concealed carry with a certified weapons instructor. Proof of qualification and instructor’s certification must be acquired.
- A full set of fingerprints on an FBI Fingerprint Application Card (FD-258) must be submitted (for new applicants, not renewals).
- A letter must be written stating the reasons why the applicant requires a concealed carry permit.
- The applicant must hand over all the abovementioned forms, documentation, letters, and identification to the local licensing authorities in their county.