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Rhode Island Firearm Bill of Sale Form

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The Rhode Island Firearm Bill of Sale is a legal document that is used to prove that a firearm in the state of Rhode Island has been sold and purchased. These documents provide information about the identification of the firearm, the seller, the buyer and the date as to when the change of ownership has taken place. This document may be needed for licensing and will require notarization.

Register a Firearm in Rhode Island

The state of Rhode Island, according to state statutes R.I. Gen. Laws § 11-47-8(a), Id., R.I. Gen. Laws § 11-47-9, R.I. Gen. Laws § 11-47-10, and R.I. Gen. Laws §§ 11-47-51 and 20-13-8. prohibits possession of any handgun in any vehicle or on one’s person, whether visible or concealed, except on the firearm owner’s land. This does not apply to:

  • The holder of a concealed handgun license
  • The regularly recognized transportation of handguns as merchandise
  • Any person carrying a handgun that is unloaded from the place of purchase to his or her home or place of business, moving goods from one place of residence or business to another; or
  • Any person who holds a valid license or permit issued in another state that allows the individual to carry a handgun in any vehicle, or on their person whether or not it’s visible as long as  the person is only participating in the transportation of  the firearm through the state of Rhode Island and has no intention of remaining within the state.
  • No firearm may be transported anywhere, by anyone, without being unloaded and broken down

Where to Register – There is no formal registration necessary

Needed to Register – Since there is no formal registration, there will be no documentation for registration, however, if one wishes to provide application for concealed carry of a firearm in the state, there will be a need for various forms of documentation.

See Rhode Island Information for License to Carry a concealed weapon

How to Write

Step 1 – Seller and Buyer Information – Enter the following:

  • Name
  • Driver’s License Number
  • Physical Address
  • City
  • State
  • AND
  • The Buyer –
  • Name
  • Driver’s License Number
  • Physical Address
  • City
  • State

Step 2 – Firearm Details – Enter the information required as follows:

  • Make
  • Type/Model
  • Caliber
  • Serial Number

Step 3 – Trade/Purchase Price – Check applicable boxes and enter addition information as requested:

  • Select the first box if the seller will accept monetary payment – Enter the worded dollar amount
  • Enter the dollar amount in numbers
  • Specify the date as to when the parties have agreed that payment will be due. (mm/dd/yyyy format)
  • Provide the date the document will be known as (mm/dd/yyyy format)
  • Should the parties agree that payment may be made at a later date, enter the date (mm/dd/yyyy format)
  • Other – Should the parties agree on some different agreement, briefly enter the terms
  • Select  the box if the item(s) are being given as a gift to the recipient
  • The last box will only address a trade arrangement. Describe the terms of the trade

Step 4 – Buyer’s Disclosure – The buyer must carefully review all statements in this section. If in agreement then the buyer should continue by entering their signature

Step 5 – Seller’s Disclosure – The Seller must read all of the statements in this section. If the seller is in agreement then the seller must continue by entering their signature into the “Seller’s Signature” line

Step 6 – Signatures – Enter the following:

  • Date the signatures in dd/mm/yyyy format at the top of this section
  • The Seller –
  • Signature
  • Printed Name
  • AND
  • The Buyer –
  • Signature
  • Printed Name
  • AND
  • Witness 1 – 
  • Signature
  • Printed Name
  • Witness 2 –
  • Signature
  • Printed Name

Step 7 –  Notarization –When the notary has witnessed all of the parties signatures, the notary will complete the remainder of the form and affix their state seal

  • Make copies of the completed document to provide to all who signed, for their records
  • Supply the original copy to the buyer

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