Pistol Permits


R.I.G.L. § 11-47-18(a) allows Rhode Islanders to apply for a concealed or open carry permit from the Attorney General and provides that the Attorney General “may issue” a permit to a qualified applicant who is at least 21 years old “upon a proper showing of need.”  In addition, R.I.G.L. § 11-47-18(b) provides an avenue for discretionary issuance of permits to retired law enforcement officers through the Attorney General permitting process.

Individuals may also apply to local authorities for a license or permit to carry a concealed pistol or revolver under Rhode Island General Law §11-47-11.

On July 19, 2022, the Attorney General shared guidance with Rhode Islanders and local police departments advising that the state’s dual concealed carry permitting scheme is constitutional and unimpacted by a decision by the Supreme Court of the United States in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association, Inc. v. Bruen. Read the guidance here.

For questions or status inquiries, please email CCWpermits@riag.ri.gov