Finding The Right Shooting Range For Your Needs, in Rhode Island
When choosing a range in Rhode Island to go to it is always good to talk to someone has been there before, some considerations is whether the range only accommodates handguns, and/or rifles, or a mix of the two. If you're a new handgun shooter you may not want to be in the lane next to someone shooting a .308 rifle.
Depending on the type of range in Rhode Island that you have chosen you will be using anything from paper type Silhouette targets, Bull's-eye style targets or steel targets which could be stationary or moving and or interactive.
Typically the vast majority of indoor ranges in Rhode Island are designed primarily for handgun shooting, although there are some new newer ranges that have lanes set aside in another portion of the building for the larger caliber rifles.
Whether you live in Rhode Island or in another state you can find a complete list of Shooting Ranges in our database of Shooting Industry businesses found on the home page of US Precision Defense.
This Video Illustrates all types of Shooting Ranges and Target combinations In Rhode Island
Under Rhode Island law, either local authorities or the attorney general’s office may issue four-year permits to carry a concealed weapon, This also allows an individual to carry a handgun not only in Rhode Island and in other states that have reciprocity agreements. Many police chiefs in the state say they don’t want the responsibility of issuing CCW permits, especially because the law doesn’t allow them much discretion. The law states that local authorities “shall issue” the permits to those qualified, while the attorney general’s office “may issue.” This makes it easier to get permits from local authorities than from the attorney general’s office, and there’s no consistent process from one municipality to the next.
Rhode Island is the only state that has the conflicting “shall issue” vs “May Issue” statues.
The is currently as of June 2013 HB 6160 up for a vote in the Rhode Island legislature that would remove the town clerk and sergeant from the list of licensing officers for concealed carry permits, effectively changing the concealed carry laws in the state from a “Shall Issue” to a “May Issue” state as all CCW permits would then only be issued by the state attorney general’s office. Luckily for gun owners the matter has been put off for “further” study.
Several police chiefs in the state have said they would rather have the determination of whether to issue a CCW permit made through one central agency, such as the state Attorney General’s Office, instead of on a town-by-town basis where one police chief might make a different call than another chief under the same circumstances.
Contradiction in the Rhode Island state “Open Carry” laws: Rhode Island is not a traditional open carry state. Open carry is permitted to those with a carry permit issued from the Attorney Generals office. Yet as we underhand it you cannot open carry if your permit was issued by the local police chief?
2013; While the battle over gun control is never over, gun owners in the Ocean State should be pleased that their legislators did not follow the trail blazed by New York, Connecticut, Maryland, and Colorado, all of which passed onerous gun control laws.
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Rhode Island is a hybrid "shall issue" and "may issue" state for both concealed and open carry. Licenses may be granted either by local authorities or by the state's attorney general's office. Licenses granted by local authorities are "shall issue" while those issued by the attorney general's officer are "may issue" under state law. However, most local authorities defer to the attorney general which effectively blocks most CCW issuances (unless one is a retired Law Enforcement Officer.)
So you can trust the state officials and not the local law enforcement? Open carry of handguns is permitted for only those with a carry permit issued by the attorney general. Open carry is not permitted for those who's handgun carry permits (CCW’s) were issued by local authorities. Long gun open carry is not prohibited by law.
Rhode Island protects the right to bear arms under Article 1, Section 22 of the state constitution, yet this does not mean that everyone may carry a gun, or that you may always carry a gun wherever you like. You may carry a concealed weapon in your own house, property, or fixed place of business without a permit, but Rhode Island requires a safety certificate to openly carry a weapon anywhere else, and a concealed carry permit to carry a weapon concealed on (or near) your body or vehicle. You also have to have a permit issued from the Attorney General if you want to “open carry”, yes confusing we know!
The Rhode Island Police Chiefs Association has supported legislation that would require the attorney general to process all concealed carry applications. Currently, all state town clerks and or town sergeants, in compliance with the existing statute, are accepting and processing these CCW applications.
2013, 2nd Amendment Rights are currently under attack in the Rhode Island General Assembly. The citizens of the state need to contact their state legislators and get their voice herd, if you do not act you can and will lose your gun rights!
Rhode Island’s permits are honored by the following states: Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and Vermont.
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