Proposed changes In June, a bill that would change how police chiefs review and decide upon permit applications passed in the Rhode Island House, but failed in the Senate, emerging as a key point of contention in the final hours of the session.Among several changes proposed, the legislation set a 60-day deadline for a chief to decide on an application, outlined a standardized set of questions to use for the application process and called for a hearing process for people to appeal denials."The attorney general opposes the change from 'may' to 'shall.'"Processing fees vary The proposed bill would have also capped the application fee at .A Target 12 review of data shows towns charge widely different fees for the application process.Gina Raimondo later said it was "surprising and upsetting" that lawmakers were trying "to make it easier to get a gun" in the wake of the then-recent mass shooting in Orlando.House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello disagreed, saying the bill would have standardized the process in response to complaints about slowness at the local level.When applying for a concealed carry permit, a person must be deemed a suitable person and prove a "showing of need."The bill also added language that the police chief would have to show "clear and convincing evidence" that a person is not suitable to obtain a concealed carry permit."There is no standardized application, there is no standardized fee, nothing was standardized," Chippendale said."So you would have one town that doesn't want to give permits and would charge a very high fee, one town just wouldn't even entertain an application and they would let it sit on the desk until the person gave up."Gov.
By law, people seeking a concealed carry permit can submit an application through a local police department or the attorney general's office.
The state does not require a psychiatric evaluation.
On the other end, the town of Tiverton issued the most permits locally - 150 of the 159 active permits were approved by the police chief, the remainder by the state.
The communities of Scituate, West Greenwich and Tiverton have the most concealed carry permits per capita, while the urban centers of Central Falls, Providence and Newport have the fewest.
Woonsocket was the only community that did not supply the information to Target 12.