To purchase a handgun, any person who does not have a concealed handgun license must present to the seller a safety certificate issued by the Department of Environmental Management (DEM).1 This certificate can be obtained by completing a minimum two-hour basic handgun safety course administered by DEM.2

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  1. R.I. Gen. Laws §§ 11-47-35(a)(1), 11-47-35.1. ⤴︎
  2. R.I. Gen. Laws § 11-47-35(b)-(d). ⤴︎