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RI Gun Laws

Discussion in 'Rhode Island Laws' started by Admin, Feb 27, 2005.

  1. Captain Chuck

    Captain Chuck NES Member

    Aug 28, 2009
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    It is my understanding that Federal Law supercedes State Law. The federal law link which I sent you is designed for people to be able to transport their firearms in interstate transportation in a legal fashion providing that they follow the provisions of the law. Once again I am not a lawyer and this in only my interpretation of the law. If such a law did not exist nobody would be able to bring their guns anywhere outside of their state of residence unless they had a permit for every state they traveled through.

  2. pinefd

    pinefd NES Member

    Mar 6, 2019
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    Eastern MA
    Thanks again, Chuck! I couldn't agree more.

    Meanwhile, some good news today. After checking out the State of RI AG's page, and finding this: "Please note: the Office of Attorney General cannot provide you with legal advice or legal referrals. If you are seeking answers to legal questions, need someone to help you find a law or case, or need someone to take your case to court, you will need to find a private attorney."

    ...I figured I'd probably need to find myself an attorney if I wanted definitive answers to my questions regarding transporting a firearm from my home in MA, to my second home in RI.

    As a last resort, last night I shot off an email to the general email address listed on Portsmouth's police department website, asking if they could clarify these questions for me (including whether I could transport a firearm from my home in RI to a gun range). Much to my pleasant surprise, I received a very nice email back this morning which said the following:


    As long as you have your RI blue card you are allowed to transport your firearm unloaded, locked away and out of reach to and from the range. There is no issue with transporting your firearm from MA to your residence in RI. If you have any other questions just let me know or refer to RI Gen Laws 11-47.

    Detective XXXX XXXXXXX
    Portsmouth Police Department"

    So, having this in writing from someone official in the Portsmouth PD is good enough for me!

    Thanks again for your valuable input, Chuck.


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