Ri Gun Background Check Law

Rhode Island background check Federal law requires state-licensed gun dealers (but not private sellers) to conduct a background check on the buyer before selling a firearm. Federal law allows states to serve as state “points of contact” and conduct their own background checks using state and federal records and databases, or to request the FBI to conduct checks using only the National Criminal Instant Checks (“NICS”) database. (Note that state files are not always included in the federal database.) Rhode Island is not a contact country for the NICS. In Rhode Island, authorized dealers must contact the FBI for federally mandated background checks. However, Rhode Island also requires authorized dealers and unauthorized sellers to undergo background checks by state police or local police chiefs. All potential gun buyers in Rhode Island must complete and sign an application form, which the seller must send to the state police or local police chief for background checks. The police service has seven days to verify that the applicant`s background meets government requirements. Note that holders of a concealed handgun license in Rhode Island are exempt from the Rhode Island background check requirement, but not the federal background check requirement (which only applies if the seller is a licensed dealer). [Editor`s note: The Giffords Law Center for the Prevention of Gun Violence regularly updates its web pages with new data as U.S. gun regulations evolve from state to state.

For the most up-to-date information on U.S. gun laws, visit the Giffords URL below.] All firearms sellers are required to conduct background checks on potential buyers, unless the buyer is a retailer, law enforcement officer, or licensed handgun.1 See the Rhode Island Background Check section for the procedure. In April 2015, the Rhode Island Supreme Court ruled that local police chiefs must license qualified applicants (for example, those who pass a background check and complete required firearms training). The decision further states that local issuing authorities must “provide reasons” if an applicant is refused permission to transport it, and that simply stating that the applicant is “not suitable” without substantial justification is no longer a valid reason for refusing a transport licence. [8] Please note that Rhode Island undercover handgun license holders are exempt from the Rhode Island background check requirement, but not the federal background check requirement (which only applies if the seller is a licensed dealer).3 Rhode Island is not a contact state for NICS. In Rhode Island, authorized dealers must contact the FBI for federally mandated background checks.1 However, Rhode Island also requires authorized dealers and unauthorized private sellers to conduct background checks by state police or local police chiefs. All potential gun buyers in Rhode Island must complete and sign an application form, which the seller must send to the state police or local police chief for background checks. The police department has seven days to verify that the applicant`s background meets state requirements.2 Federal law requires state-licensed firearms dealers (but not private sellers) to conduct a background check on the buyer before selling a firearm. Federal law allows states to serve as state “points of contact” and conduct their own background checks using state and federal records and databases, or to request the FBI to conduct checks using only the National Criminal Instant Checks (“NICS”) database. (Note that state files are not always included in the federal database.) Last accessed at:giffords.org/lawcenter/state-laws/background-check-procedures-in-rhode-island/ Because many editors edit their links and archive their pages, the full text version of this article may no longer be available from the original link.