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Possibly moving to ri , some basic questions comparing ma and ri

Discussion in 'Rhode Island Laws' started by kingston73, Jan 4, 2015.

  1. kingston73

    kingston73

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    I'm currently an ma resident with my ltc-a no restrictions. My wife and I are definitely selling our house and will be moving whenever it finally sells. We are pretty open to where we move and are considering some ri towns, mainly Lincoln, n. Smithfield or Cumberland. In reading ri laws it seems maybe a little easier to understand than ma laws but I just wanted to hear from people what their thoughts are between ma and ri.
    If you had a choice, based solely in the firearms laws, which would you prefer and why?
     
  2. SJan

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    From what I understand...
    RI pros
    No AWB
    No mag limits
    No handgun roster BS
    Easier to buy firearms (blue card)


    RI cons
    waiting period
    much harder to get a carry permit

    Also, living in such a small state, you will probably find yourself back in MA often, If you do get a RI carry permit, you will also need a MA non resident LTC
     
  3. n1bsbri

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    Depending on what you're looking for, RI gun laws are less onerous than MA. As SJan pointed out, there's no AWB, mag limits, no handgun roster.

    Possession of firearms does not require a license. Blue card is needed for buying handguns from a FFL, but it is very easy to get, and shall issue (similar to getting a hunter safety card). Long gun purchase does not require blue card. All firearm transfers require background check and FFL.

    So if you are moving to RI, you can bring your guns with you, and keep them in your home, and go back and forth to the range without any licensing or permits. If you want to purchase a handgun from a dealer, just get a blue card through any FFL.

    If you want to carry outside the house, you would need a permit. The situation is almost the same as MA, in that it depends on what town you are talking about. Some are easy ("green"), others are a no-go at this time. Permits are also available from the AG's office, but they are harder to get, and almost always restricted in some way.

    One additional thing, if you have a town-issued permit, there is not waiting period on purchases.

    Hope that helps.
     
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  4. kingston73

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    Thanks for the replies, that makes it easier to understand. Is there a thread with green and red towns like there is for ma? I couldn't find it?
     
  5. RImike

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    Bluecard is only to purchase a handgun
    There is no waiting period if you have a town issues CCW permit.
    Towns technically are "shall issue". Lincoln has been an issue in the past, check out rifol.org and you will get a town by town breakdown.

    The only con in ri is no NFA firearms/supressors so no short barrel rifles/shotguns.
     
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    I work in RI, the drivers there are insane..they make MA drivers look courteous!
     
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    http://rifol.org/pistolpermitstudy.php


    this ones a bit old but you can get an idea of the towns that issue ccw permits. all in all rhode island is a MUCH better place to live than mass as far as gun laws go.
    enjoy your 40rd p mags . enjoy your glock pistols and enjoy buying ammo without a ltc :) welcome to ri
     
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    The only issue arises when you want to go shooting out of state, but you will be surprised the amount of ranges and firearm stores in the small state that doesn't make that an issue. I know of 5 stores and 4 ranges within 30 minutes away. There are even 300 yard ranges and some that one that plans on expanding to 500. There are some that have 24/7 indoor pistol access.
     
  9. Sergeis64

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    AFAIK all three above mentioned towns do NOT issue CCL. RI AG is another route, but again AFAIK Kilmartin is preparing a nasty surprise.
     
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    AFAIK all three towns in the OP have to abide by State law and have to issue permits if an applicant meets all requirements in RIGL 11-47-11.
     
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    You should definitely call all 3 PDs and explain them error of their ways. I had a "pleasure" talking last year with Cumberland PD chief Desmarais ( president of Chief assoc at that time) on the subject of Assoc uniformly wanting to get rid of permit issuance alltogether. Care to know how far my conversation went?
     
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    Tell Desmarais that the legislators in RI doesn't care what they association wants since they have not changed 11-47-11.
     
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    You need to find a town that freely issues CCW if that is a concern.
     
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    If you went a little further west into Burrilville, you may have an easier time getting a town issue permit.
     
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    Does Burrilville issue non-resident permits? I know the law allows for it but does RI actually issue non-resident permits?
     
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    I don't have any actual experience with anyone getting a non-resident permit from Burrillville. However, refer to their application packet, page 3, item 2 where they refer to the statutory language about who is eligible to apply for a permit.

    http://www.burrillville.org/Public_Documents/BurrillvilleRI_Police/REVISED%20GUN%20PERMIT%20APPLICATION%20FORM%20ON%209-17-2013.pdf

     
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    Be advised Last I knew Ma would not accept a town permit for a NR Mass permit
    Dave
     
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    They accepted my town permit and I got an unrestricted nonresident class A a few months ago.
     
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    They must have changed the rules again
     
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    If you move to RI you will need to join a gun club to shoot and most are full. My club is in Manville/Lincoln and we have approximately a 2 year wait now. If you do move around there and want to join PM me and I'll sponsor you.

    Apparently they "updated" our web page and it's lacking a lot.

    http://www.msrgc.com/index.html
     
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    Wallum lake gun club normally doesn't have a waiting list for membership
     

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