Rhode Island

September 19, 2015

Rhode Island Concealed Carry Law

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Rhode Island

While Rhode Island does issue carry permit/licenses to residents, non-residents will have a more difficult time acquiring a carry permit/license. Rhode Island does NOT recognized the Virginia Non Resident Carry Permit/License as a legal way to conealed carry in their state.

However, by getting the State of Virginia’s Non Resident Carry Permit/License, you can  INCREASE the number of states you CAN carry in.


Can I Apply For A Rhode Island Carry Permit/License As A Non-Resident Of Rhode Island?

Yes, but only if you have a residence or business in Rhode Island.


Does This Course Qualify Me To Obtain A Virginia Non Resident Carry Permit/License?

Yes. You will NOT be applying for your permit in the state you reside.  This is for you to obtain a Virginia Non Resident Carry Permit/License which is accepted in many states as a valid concealed carry permit, but NOT in Rhode Island.  This is good for recoprocity to other states only for Rhode Island residents and non-residents.


Can I Open Carry In Rhode Island?

Yes, with the appropriate permit/license. Only permit/licenses issued by the Attorney General allow open carry. Permit/licenses issued by local authorities do not allow open carry.


How Long Is The Virginia Non Resident Carry Permit/License Good For?

Virginia Non Resident Carry Permit/License are valid for 5 years.  We suggest you apply at least 90 days before the expiration of your permit to be sure you have plenty of time to submit it to the Virginia State Police to be renewed to allow enough time for you to get your new permit before the old one expires.


How to apply for your Virginia Non-Resident Permit:
To apply for your VA non-resident Permit visit: http://www.vsp.state.va.us/Firearms_NonresidentConcealed.shtm

You can also go to www.vsp.state.va.us and on the left side of the page click the link for “firearms/concealed handguns” and then click on “Nonresident Concealed Handgun Permits” link.

This will bring you to a page that details the application process. You can begin the application process immediately by downloading their checklist of all the documents that need to be prepared to make your application.

This webpage will give you everything you need to apply.


To obtain your Virginia Non Resident Carry Permit/License, you will need to submit an additional $100 made payable to the Virginia Police.

This class/training is only valid for one year before you apply for your permit.  If you do not apply within one year, your training will not be valid and you will have to retake training per state law.

Gun Community Resources

How Do I Apply For My Rhode Island Concealed Carry Permit/License?

Residents can apply for their Rhode Island carry permit/license through either your local Sheriff or Police department. Contact your local issuing authority for specific application instructions.

Rhode Island Second Amendment Coalition

The Rhode Island Second Amendment Coalition was created to do the important work of preserving Second Amendment rights in Rhode Island.


Rhode Island Firearm Owners’ League

The Rhode Island Firearm Owners’ League was formed to provide a consistent and unified voice dedicated to advancing the rights of law abiding Rhode Island citizens to own and use firearms.