PLEASE NOTE: In addition to state laws, the purchase, sale and (in certain circumstances) the possession and interstate transportation of firearms is regulated by the Gun Control Act of 1968 as amended by the Firearm Owners' Protection Act. Also, cities and localities may have their own firearms ordinances in addition to federal and state laws. Details may be obtained by contacting local law enforcement authorities, and by consulting the State Laws and Published Ordinances--Firearms, available from the U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington D.C. 20402.
Rifles and Shotguns Handguns ______________________ Permit to Purchase No No* Registration of Firearms No No Licensing of Owner No No Permit to Carry No Yes *Safety course and application required, waiting period.
The minor's permit is issued by the state police or the local chief of police upon proof of the completion of a firearms training course by the applicant and provided that the minor has the written consent of his parent or guardian.
The following persons are prohibited from owning, possessing, or controlling any firearms:
To purchase a handgun a person must be a citizen of the United States or a nonresident member of the armed forces of the United States, at least twenty-one years of age, have completed a safety training course or have passed an objective test on handgun safety, and not fall into one of the above categories of persons prohibited from possessing a firearm.
At the time of applying for the purchase of a handgun, the guyer shall present to the seller a certificate signifying completion of a hunter safety or pistol safety course as shall be administered by the Department of Environmental Management. The buyer also must complete an application form containing his name, address, physical description, and that he is not within one of the prohibited categories. The buyer must sign the application and the seller must then mail it to the superintendent of state police or to the local chief of police. The seller must also mail a copy to the attorney general within seven days and retain one copy for himself. If seven days elapse from twelve noon of the day following application, and the seller has received no negative information from the police, he may deliver the handgun to the applicant.
The seller shall retain his copy for six years, but the other two copies will be destroyed if, after thirty days, no disqualifying information is discovered. In no event shall the application or any copy contain the serial number of the handgun.
For a rifle or shotgun the same requirements apply, except that the purchaser must be 18 and need not take a pistol safety course.
It is unlawful to sell any firearm or ammunition to a minor under eighteen years of age without the prior consent of his parent or guardian.
He must apply to the licensing authorities in his community and must qualify on a certified range by satisfactorily completing a series of target shots. The qualifying test is outlined in state law and is designed to ensure that the licensee is proficient with his weapon.
The attorney general may issue the license if the applicant meets the criteria outlined above, qualifies on the shooting test, and upon a proper showing of need.
A license shall be valid for two years, costs $20.00 and shall contain the licensee's name, address, description, fingerprint, photograph, signature, and reason for desiring the license. It shall not contain the serial number of the firearm.
A machine gun is defined as ``any weapon which shoots, is designed to shoot or can be readily restored to shoot, automatically more than one shot, without manual reloading, by a single function of the trigger.'' It also includes the frame or receiver and any parts which can be used to convert a weapon into a machine gun.
Rhode Island has enacted a statute expressly prohibiting any government agency or political subdivision from keeping a list or register of privately owned firearms.
It is unlawful to possess a loaded rifle or shotgun ``in or on any vehicle or conveyance or its attachments'' while on any public road.
It is unlawful to carry or transport any firearm while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or narcotic drugs.
It is unlawful to possess any firearm within a building used for a public or private school or on the grounds of such public or private school.
A mandatory term of 3 to 10 years is provided where a crime of violence is committed or attempted while armed or while having available a firearm. A mandatory term of 1 to 5 years is provided for larceny of a firearm.
It is unlawful to possess or have under one's control any sawed-off shotgun or sawed-off rifle.
Caution: State firearms laws are subject to frequent change. The above summary is not to be considered as legal advice or restatement of law. To determine the applicability of these laws to specific situations which you may encounter, you are strongly urged to consult a local attorney.
Compiled by: NRA Institute for Legislative Action 11250 Waples Mill Road Fairfax, Virginia 22030 (c) 1994, NRA Institute for Legislative Action. NS3N1190 Rev. 7/94 5M