Rhode Island Firearm Bill of Sale Form

Last updated March 9th, 2022

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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.

Concealed Carry Laws

Statute§ 11-47-11 and § 11-47-18

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.