Rhode Island generally prohibits the open carrying of handguns without the appropriate license or permit, except in a residence, place of business or on land owned by the handgun possessor.1 This prohibition does not apply to concealed handgun license holders.

The open carrying of long guns is generally allowed in Rhode Island. See the Other Location Restrictions in Rhode Island section below for exceptions.

See our Open Carrying policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.

  1. R.I. Gen. Laws § 11-47-8(a). ⤴︎