That’s important because right now anyone who meets certain criteria for a CCW permit “shall” be issued one. From the Providence Journal:

Rhode Island law allows two paths for seeking a permit to carry concealed guns: one says local authorities “shall” grant a permit to qualified applicants and the other says the state attorney general “may” grant the permit. Finn’s bill would make it uniformly “may issue a permit to” a person who is 21 or older.

More at the link.