PS! Some towns that are listed as green may not actually have issued permits since they may just have started accepting applications. RIFOL does not have the resources to stay in contact with every Police Departments in Rhode Island regarding how many permits have been issued. However, if a town is marked green, the town has applications and accepts applications and people are encouraged to apply. If any of the information on this link appears to be wrong, or if a Chief of Police does not accept and process applications per 11-47-11, feel free to post on the forum.
Rhode Island Conceal Carry application study
This document is the result of a study to determine how the various police departments in Rhode Island process applications for Pistol Permits to carry a concealable weapon. The following questions were sent out to all the police departments in the state and requested the answers as part of the Access to Public Records Act (Rhode Island General Law, Title 38):
1. Do you consider yourself the Licensing Authority in your town/city according to Rhode Island statute 11-47-2 section 5? If the answer is No, please confirm who is the licensing authority in your town/city.
11-47-2 section 5: "Licensing authorities" means the board of police commissioners of a city or town where the board has been instituted, the chief of police or superintendent of police of other cities and towns having a regular organized police force, and, in towns where there is no chief of police or superintendent of police, it means the town clerk who may issue licenses upon the recommendation of the town sergeant, and it also means any other person or body duly authorized by the city or town charter or by state law.
2. How many applications were received and processed according to Rhode Island statute 11-47-11 in 2009?
3. How many new permits were issued in 2009?
4. How many permits were denied in 2009?
5. How many permits are currently active?
6. Please send a copy of the application used by your town/city Police Department.
Comments: The Chief says the “The RI Department of Attorney General has asked each municipality to send pistol permits to their agency to comply with uniform standards of approval.”
Comments: All applications are forwarded to the Attorney General
Comments: All applications are referred to the Attorney General or Rhode Island.
The Coventry Police Department responded, but they responded with a confidential email so the answers will not be posted. To get the answers, feel free to contact:
Executive Secretary to the Chief of Police
Coventry Police Department
1075 Main Street
Coventry, RI 02816
Notes: The Coventry Police Department requires a Psychological evaluation administered by the University of Rhode Island Psychological Testing Service and the expense for said testing shall be borne by the applicant. In certain cases the Town of Coventry may issue a pistol permit with restrictions in lieu of a denial.
Notes: The Cumberland Police Department requires a Psychological evaluation administered by the University of Rhode Island Psychological Testing Service and the expense for said testing shall be borne by the applicant.
East Greenwich has applications.
The East Providence Police Department did not have a process in place for the year 2009, but as of November 2010 they have applications available.
Notes: The Glocester Police Department requires a Psychological evaluation administered by the University of Rhode Island Psychological Testing Service and the expense for said testing shall be borne by the applicant. The town of Glocester may issue a permit with restrictions in lieu of a denial.
Comments: There are two types of permits given: Full, and Work. The Work permit is only valid during work hours according to the application. The Johnston Police Department requires a Psychological evaluation administered by the University of Rhode Island Psychological Testing Service and the expense for said testing shall be borne by the applicant.
Notes: Lincoln Police department requires a psychological evaluation administered by a psychologist employed by the University of Rhode Island Psychological Testing Service, and the expense of the test shall be borne by the applicant. In addition, an authorization to release of personal information must be signed. The disclosure of records include educational institutions, financial and credit institutions, including records of deposits, withdrawals and balances of checking and savings accounts, and loans, and also the records of commercial and retail credit agencies (including credit reports, and/or ratings), medical and psychiatric treatment and/or consultation, including hospitals, clinics, private practitioners, and the US Veteran's Administration, public utility companies, employment and pre-employment records, including background reports, efficiency ratings, complaints or grievances filed by or against me, and salary records whenever filed etc...
Notes: The policy of issuing pistol permits had recently been established and no applications were processed in 2009. Previously all applicants were referred to the Attorney General of RI.
Comments: The Providence PD recently created their own application after a RI Superior Court ordered the chief to accept and process an application from a gentleman in Providence. The transcript can be read here http://www.rifol.com/FORUM/download/file.php?id=18
The permit fee is $250