Handgun Shooting Basics For Women In Rhode Island

Women And Handgun Shooting Rhode Island RI

Woman Shotgun ShooterShooting is most definitely a thrilling hobby, as well as a means of protecting oneself. There is an extraordinary adrenaline rush, and a sense of pride, and then you do it over again. It’s incredibly exciting. It’s important that women become comfortable using firearms in Rhode Island, since guns are some of the best means of protecting themselves against intruders and attackers. One of the best ways to go about turning shooting into a hobby, rather than something strictly for self-defense is to learn about recreational shooting activities in Rhode Island, There is Practical Shooting; IDPA shooting that simulates self-defense and real life style encounters.

There is Shotgun competitions, Then there is the extremely exciting sport of 3 – Gun Shooting where your shoot a sporting rifle usually built on an AR – platform, a Shotgun, and an semi-auto pistol. There are also; Action, Silhouette, and Precision shooting competitions. If this is not enough there are also several very specific types of shooting competitions where just Rifles and Shotguns are used. 

New Women Shooters; Pistol, Rifle, Shotgun: What’s the Difference In Rhode Island?

Julie, Top Woman CompetitorIt can be a bit confusing to keep these terms separate, especially when you’re in conversation with a gun expert in Rhode Island who just prattles on and on! When you’re trying to figure out which type of firearm would work best for your home and/or personal self-defense, it’s important to be able to make an informed decision. Here’s a quick run-down to help you out:

A handgun is a firearm designed to be handheld, in either one or both hands. This can be a Pistol (Semi-auto) or a revolver. Handguns are much more suited to home and especially for personal defense. This is what you would carry around during your daily activities if you get a concealed carry permit in Rhode Island. The barrel is much shorter than both a rifle and shotgun, as it’s designed to be held with one or both hands, rather than placed against your shoulder. Most pistol barrels are grooved in a similar manner to that of rifles.

Rifles and Shotguns for New Women Shooters In Rhode Island

A rifle is a firearm designed to be fired from the shoulder, A rifle barrel is long and has thick walls with spiral grooves cut into the bore. This grooved pattern is referred to as “rifling”. This is one of the best guns for shooting recreationally. With the proper training in Rhode Island and choice of a rifle such as one on an AR – Platform it can be used for both sport and home defense. Rifles are very versatile and it is highly recommended that any woman wanting to learn to shoot a handgun should seriously consider adding a rifle into her training program.

A shotgun (also known as a scattergun and pepper gun,) is a firearm that is usually designed to be fired from the shoulder, which uses the energy of a fixed shell to fire a number of small spherical pellets called shot, or a solid projectile called a slug. The shotgun barrel is long and made of thin steel that is smooth on the inside to allow the shot to glide down the barrel without friction since it doesn’t have to withstand quite as much pressure. It’s similar to that of a rifle barrel. This is good for home defense in Rhode Island, but be careful of your surroundings. Often, the sound alone of a shotgun “Racking” is formidable enough to make an intruder think twice.

This page outlines just the very basics of the types of firearms in Rhode Island that may be best suited for you. Happy shooting!

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Article 1, Section 22 of the Rhode Island State Constitutional Provision states:  “The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”

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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