Rhode Island imposes a seven-day waiting period for all purchases of firearms unless the purchaser is a law enforcement officer.1 The seller must deliver the firearm to the purchaser if within seven days he or she does not receive background check information that would disqualify the potential buyer from purchasing the firearm, however.2

See our Waiting Periods policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.

Notes
  1. R.I. Gen. Laws §§ 11-47-35(a)(1), 11-47.35.1 and 11-47-35.2(a). ⤴︎
  2. R.I. Gen. Laws § 11-47-35(a)(2) and 11-47-35.2(b). ⤴︎