How to Sell a Gun in Rhode Island

A comprehensive guide

To legally sell a firearm in Rhode Island, it's essential to be well-versed in both state and federal laws to guarantee a lawful and seamless sale. This knowledge is vital whether you've been a firearm owner for years or have newly acquired a gun through inheritance. Understanding your legal responsibilities and available options is key to ensuring a compliant transaction.

Options for Selling a Gun in Rhode Island

There are numerous options available when considering the sale of firearms in the state of Rhode Island.

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Sell your gun to a local dealer

Sell to a Local Dealer

Licensed dealers can handle all aspects of the sale, ensuring compliance with all state and federal laws.

Sell your gun through a private collection

Sell Through a Private Transaction

Direct sales to another individual are permitted, but come with specific legal responsibilities, both for the state of Rhode Island and federally.

State Laws for Selling a Gun in Rhode Island

Rhode Island's firearm legislation is more restrictive than most other states. For example, Rhode Island has a restriction on magazines holding more than 10 rounds, the minimum age to buy long guns and ammunition is 21 and Rhode Island prohibits open carry of loaded long guns in public.

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Rhode Island ID Requirements

Identification Requirements

Rhode Island requires background checks for all firearms transfers in the state and thus identification is required.

Rhode Island Waiting Periods

Waiting Periods

Rhode Island requires a seven-day waiting period before a buyer can take possession of a firearm. This waiting period applies to all firearm purchases, unless the buyer is a law enforcement officer or has a locally issued concealed carry permit. Details of the legislation can be found in R.I. Gen. Laws § 11-47-35.

Age Requirements in Rhode Island

Age requirements

In Rhode Island, you cannot purchase a handgun or handgun ammunition unless you are 21 years of age or older per R.I. Gen. Laws § 11-47-37.

Background Checks in Rhode Island

Background Checks in Private Sales

As of 2013, Rhode Island requires both licensed dealers and private unlicensed sellers to conduct background checks through the state police or local chief of police. Details can be found in R.I. Gen. Laws § 11-47-35

Ineligible Persons in Rhode Island

Ineligible Persons

R.I. Gen. Laws § 11-47-5 outlines prohibited possession of firearms by certain persons.

Generally the following types of individuals are prohibited from purchasing firearms

  • Convicted criminals
  • Persons deemed mentally incompetent
  • Drug addicts
  • Habitual drunkards
  • Unnaturalized foreign born persons - R.I. Gen. Laws § 11-47-7

Rhode Island Residents Must Follow Federal Laws for Private Transactions

Federal law requires that the buyer of a firearm must be legally eligible to own a gun.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) provides guidelines for these transactions.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is this legal?

    Yes. We are a federally licensed firearms dealer located in the state of Indiana. You, the seller, are covered under our license just as you would be if you walked into our store. There are no laws preventing you from selling your firearm to us.

  • How long are offers good for?

    Offers are valid for 14 days.

  • Can I sell multiple firearms?

    Absolutely! Once firearm information has been submitted, you will have the ability to submit additional firearms for review and offers. These firearms will be viewable from your user panel, which you access from your initial offer email.

  • How do I get paid?

    We will either send you a check, or we will issue the funds via a secure ACH direct deposit. During the offer approval process, you will tell us which method of payment you prefer.


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