In Rhode Island, adults can purchase and openly carry a gun by obtaining a safety certificate trough the Department of Environment. You must obtain a separate concealed handgun license to carry a concealed gun in your car or on (or near) your body. For more information, see Open and Concealed Gun Carrying Laws in Rhode Island.
To obtain a safety certificate or concealed handgun license, you must apply at the city or town clerk’s office in the city or town where you live or have a place of business. Your local licensing authorities have the discretion to determine whether or not to issue you either (or any) permit. To qualify, you must:
(R.I. Gen. Laws Ann. § 11-47-11.)
No. There are no laws in Rhode Island that recognize concealed gun permits from other states. Furthermore, it is illegal for Rhode Island residents to purchase a concealable weapon out of state and bring it into Rhode Island without first obtaining a safety certificate or concealed carry permit. (R.I. Gen. Laws Ann. § 11-47-36.)
However, it is legal for a resident of another state, who is licensed as required by law in that state, to travel through Rhode Island with a concealed weapon, as long as that person does not intend on remaining in Rhode Island. (R.I. Gen. Laws Ann. § 11-47-8.)
It is illegal to carry a weapon in Rhode Island without the applicable safety certificate or concealed carry license. Penalties include a fine of up to $10,000, at least one year (and up to ten years) in prison, or both. (R.I. Gen. Laws Ann. § 11-47-8.)
If you have any questions about whether you are allowed to carry a gun in Rhode Island, or if you are facing charges for a gun permit violation, consult a qualified criminal defense lawyer.