Chapter 368

2007 -- H 6553

Enacted 07/06/07





     Introduced By: Representative John J. McCauley

     Date Introduced: June 20, 2007


It is enacted by the General Assembly as follows:


     SECTION 1. Section 11-47-18 of the General Laws in Chapter 11-47 entitled "Weapons"

is hereby amended to read as follows:


     11-47-18. License or permit issued by attorney general on showing of need --

Issuance to retired police officers. -- (a) The attorney general may issue a license or permit to

any person twenty-one (21) years of age or over to carry a pistol or revolver, whether concealed

or not, upon his or her person upon a proper showing of need, subject to the provisions of sections

11-47-12 and 11-47-15; that license or permit may be issued notwithstanding the provisions of

section 11-47-7.

      (b) All state police officers and permanent members of city and town police forces of

this state who have retired in good standing after at least twenty (20) years of service, or retired in

good standing due to a physical disability other than a psychological impairment, may be issued a

license or permit by the attorney general subject to the provisions of sections 11-47-12 and 11-47-

15. The term "in good standing" means that at the time of retirement the police officer was not

facing disciplinary action that could have resulted in his or her termination for misconduct or

unfitness for office. Any member of the licensing authority, and its agents, servants, and

employees shall be immune from suit in any action, civil or criminal, based upon any official act

or decision, performed or made in good faith in issuing a license or permit under this chapter.

      (c) Notwithstanding any other chapter or section of the general laws of the state of

Rhode Island, the attorney general shall not provide or release to any individual, firm, association

or corporation the name, address, or date of birth of any person who has held or currently holds a

license or permit to carry a concealed pistol or revolver. This section shall not be construed to

prohibit the release of any statistical data of a general nature relative to age, gender and racial or

ethnic background nor shall it be construed to prevent the release of information to parties

involved in any prosecution of section 11-47-8 or in response to a lawful subpoena in any

criminal or civil action which said person is a party to such action.


     SECTION 2. This act shall take effect upon passage.