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Becoming a responsible citizen and firearm owner depends on clearly understanding the gun rights and state laws that apply to you. Oregon is one of America’s fastest-growing states in terms of population and is home to 4.3 million people. The state had distributed around 300,000 concealed carry (CC) licenses as of August 2021. This means that 7% of the population is allowed to CC.
Understanding reciprocity – how your gun rights translate across state lines – is also essential to Oregon concealed carry. A concealed weapons license from Oregon is honored in 22 states, but Oregon does not recognize permits or licenses from any other state. The minimum age to CC in Oregon is 21, and the license is valid for four years.
Those interested in obtaining an Oregon concealed carry license need an education partner they can trust. Concealed Coalition has trained over a million U.S. citizens on how to carry their weapons safely and effectively. Contact us to find online or local training to get your CC license.
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Summary of Oregon Gun Laws
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Local county sheriff’s offices issue Oregon CC permits. Oregon follows the “shall issue” model of firearms license dispensation, meaning that the state must issue a license to any applicant successfully meeting the state’s requirements for ownership (described in question three of Oregon’s License Questions FAQ).
Purchasing a firearm doesn’t require a license, but private transfers must be done through a licensed dealer who will record the sale and conduct a background check.
Gun rights can differ depending on where you are. This is what makes a working understanding of your home state’s rules so important. Oregon residents should always contact their local county sheriff’s office for the latest CC information. Here are the current firearms laws for Oregon:
Open Carry in Oregon
Oregon sets an age limit of 18 and up on open carry, which is legal without a license at the state level. Individual counties and cities can set their own rules on who may CC and where, however.
Concealed Carry in Oregon
CC documentation in Oregon is called a CHL, or Concealed Handgun License. CC is only legal when possessing a CHL, being at least 21 years old, and having completed a state-approved firearms competency course or other qualifying criteria (detailed below).
Self Defense Laws in Oregon
Oregon statute has strict rules on what constitutes the various uses of force, including where and how they can be applied. This is critical knowledge for all firearms owners to help them act more confidently within the limits of the law.
Use of Deadly Force
Deadly force is legal only under three circumstances: to prevent an aggressor from committing or attempting to commit either a felony of force, a burglary in a dwelling, or use of deadly force against a victim.
Protecting Yourself After Use of Force
It’s vital to be aware of the legal definitions of acceptable use of force before acting against an aggressor. Understanding Oregon’s Choice of Evils will put you in a stronger position to do so.
Firearms training is a reliable way to gain the situational and legal awareness that helps you judge when to apply force of any kind. Concealed Coalition has trained people nationwide to become responsible, certified gun owners. Classes are available locally and online.
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CONCEALED CARRY BASICS IN OREGON
Does Oregon recognize constitutional carry?
Is open carry permitted in Oregon?
Yes, without a license. However, local governments can prohibit open carry for persons who do not have an Oregon concealed handgun license and are carrying a loaded handgun in public places (inside of vehicles are considered public places). For instance, the cities of Portland, Beaverton, Tigard, Oregon City, Salem and Independence, plus the entirety of Multnomah County, prohibit open carry of loaded firearms. All public buildings are off-limits for those that open carry without an Oregon concealed handgun license.
If Oregon requires a license to carry a concealed firearm, how are those licenses issued?
Oregon is a shall-issue state with concealed carry applications processedat the county level by the local sheriff’s office.
What is the minimum age in Oregon to get a concealed carry license?
The minimum age to concealed carry in Oregon is 21 years old.
Is it legal to own a taser or stun gun in Oregon?
Yes. No permit is necessary.
Is it legal to buy or use chemical spray/pepper spray in Oregon?
Does Oregon have magazine capacity restrictions for handguns?
Does Oregon have ammunition restrictions?
CONCEALED CARRY LOCATIONS IN OREGON
Where can't I carry a concealed firearm in Oregon?
The law prohibits CC in:
- Any location prohibited by federal law
- Private property or private businesses
- State colleges, community colleges, and universities (and their attendant properties) if they’ve posted prohibiting signs and given online notice
- Court facilities, unless with a judge’s permission
- Correctional facilities
- Secured airport areas
- The Capitol
- Public buildings
- Indian property and reservations
- National forests or parks with prohibiting signs
- Any Commission for the Blind property
Never consider any list of restricted locations exhaustive. Call ahead to ask about an intended location’s firearms policy.
Where can I carry a concealed firearm in Oregon?
CC licensees may carry in places of worship if permitted by the owners and on certain education premises if allowed by that body. Other accepted locations are covered later in this FAQ.
Can you carry a concealed handgun in a vehicle in Oregon?
Yes, with a CHL, but localities may have provisions against this. Unlicensed carriers may not have a concealed weapon anywhere that’s readily accessible; it must be securely locked away onboard.
Can you carry a concealed firearm at roadside rest areas in Oregon?
Yes, as long as you have a CHL.
Can you carry a concealed firearm in state/national parks, state/national forest and Wildlife Management Areas in Oregon?
Yes, with your CHL. Call the location in advance to be certain of current CC restrictions.
Can you carry a concealed firearm in bars and restaurants that serve alcohol in Oregon?
Yes, but only with your CHL.
Can you carry or possess a firearm on hotel property in Oregon?
Hotels are private businesses and can set their own rules. CC licensees should always check with the hotel to clarify their position in advance.
Does Oregon have laws relating to storing firearms in private vehicles in an employee parking lot?
This is not defined under Oregon law, making it essential to consult with your employer before attempting to do so.
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Do you have a duty to notify a police officer that you're carrying a concealed firearm in Oregon?
There is no duty to inform an officer, but it’s considered good conduct to volunteer the information without being asked.
Are "No Weapons Allowed? signs enforced in Oregon? If, yes, violating the sign would be considered to be a crime. If, no, violating the sign would not be considered a criminal offense.
No, but the wishes of a private property owner that any CC licensee leave their premises must be respected to avoid committing trespassing.
Does Oregon have preemption laws related to concealed carry (i.e., Does state law supersede local laws regarding the possession of handguns)?
Does Oregon have a red flag law?
Does Oregon have laws regarding carrying a concealed firearm while using alcohol or chemical substances?
It’s not specifically addressed.
Does Oregon issue concealed carry licenses to non-residents?
Does Oregon allow the public to access concealed carry registry information through public records law?
HANDGUN PURCHASE & POSSESSION IN OREGON
Is a permit required to purchase a handgun in Oregon?
Are background checks required for private gun sales in Oregon?
Yes. Private sales must be conducted by or processed through aFederal Firearms Licensee (FFL)pursuant to a background check.
Does my current Oregon concealed carry license exempt me from needing a background check when I purchase firearm?
Is there a waiting period after purchasing a handgun in Oregon?
Do handguns need to be registered in Oregon?
Not by the buyer, but any individual conducting a trade or sale, such as a gun store owner, is required to keep a record of the sale.
What is the minimum age to possess and transport a handgun in Oregon?
The minimum age is 18.
Can I possess/carry a handgun in my home in Oregon without a license?
Acquiring a Concealed Carry License in Oregon
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OREGON CONCEALED CARRY LICENSE INFORMATION
Concealed Carry Requirements to Register for a License in Oregon
An applicant must:
- Be at least 21 years of age
- Demonstrate competence with a handgun
- Provide proof of residency (Oregon driver’s license, voter registration card, etc.)
- Have a current address on his or her driver’s license
- Be a citizen of the U.S.
- Not have been convicted of a felony or found “guilty, except for insanity” of a felony
- Not have been convicted of a misdemeanor or found “guilty, except for insanity” of a misdemeanor within the 4 years prior to the application
- Not have been committed to the Oregon Health Authority
- Not have been found to be mentally ill and not be subject to an order that the person be prohibited from purchasing or possessing a firearm as a result of that mental illness
- Have no outstanding warrants for his or her arrest
- Not have been convicted of an offense involving controlled substances or have participated in a court-supervised drug diversion program including a misdemeanor conviction for the possession of marijuana (unless it is the person’s first conviction or drug diversion)
- Not be on any form of pretrial release;
Not be registered as a sex offender in any state
- Not have been discharged from the jurisdiction of a juvenile court in the previous 4 years if under such jurisdiction for committing an act which, if committed by an adult, would have constituted a felony or a misdemeanor
- Not have received a dishonorable discharge from the U.S. Armed Forces
- Not be subject to a citation for stalking or a protective order issued pursuant to certain statutory provisions
- Initial License $100 plus $15 for background check
- Renewals $75
Each county has its own application. Here is an example application.
Non-Resident Concealed Carry License:
Sheriffs “may issue” licenses to residents of contiguous states with compelling business interest or other legitimate demonstrated need.The process is the same as for residents.
Name & Address Changes:
The process varies by county. Contact your county sheriff’s office. There is a $15 fee.
Lost or Stolen Licenses:
ou should report the loss of your concealed handgun license to the law-enforcement agency in the city or county in which you lost your license.Per the passage of SB 554, as of September 25, 2021, gun owners are required to report a stolen firearm within 72 hours of noticing it is gone.The process varies by county, but you may be able to apply online for a replacement. There is a $15 replacement fee.
Moving to Oregon and interested in applying for a resident license? How soon can you apply?
Oregon issues licenses to residents and residents of contiguous states with compelling business interests or other legitimate demonstrated needs only. You can apply for your license with the sheriff of your county once you provide proof of residency with your current address (Oregon driver’s license, voter registration card, etc.) or, if you are a resident of a contiguous state, once you provide a compelling business interest or other legitimate demonstrated need.
Moving from Oregon and have an Oregon resident license? Does that license transfer to your new state? Is there a grace period during which your Oregon license remains valid?
If a person with an Oregon resident concealed handgun license establishes residency in another state, the license expires upon the establishment of residence in the other state.
OREGON CONCEALED CARRY LICENSE APPLICATION PROCESS
Complete a firearm training course if required.
Complete an application form at your local county sheriff’s office or download the application.
Take the completed application to the county sheriff’s office with the following:
- Training course certificate
- Stamped, self-addressed envelope in which to mail your license
- 2 forms of ID.
You will be fingerprinted.
You will be notified by mail if your application has been approved.
OREGON CONCEALED CARRY LICENSE RENEWAL PROCESS
Renewal forms can be found at your local sheriff’s office or online, depending on your county of residence, such as this example from Clackamas County. Other counties may allow applicants to mail in renewals, while others may only renew by appointment.
Renewal fees are typically $50 with an additional $15 fingerprint check. Contact your local sheriff to learn more about renewal options and if you’re required to submit more than your fingerprints, Oregon driver’s license, and expiring CHL. Senate Bill 554 increased the CHL renewal fee statewide after September 25, 2021, to $100 for initial renewals and $75 for subsequent renewals (page 11).
Obtain an application form at your local county sheriff’s office. Some counties have an application you can download.
Take the completed application to the county sheriff’s office with the following:
- Your current/expired Concealed Handgun License
- Your Oregon Driver’s License.
Pay the fee.
You may receive a new CHL the same day. If not, you will be notified by mail if your application has been approved.
Concealed Carry for Law Enforcement Officers and Retired LEOs
The Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act (LEOSA) allows both active and retired law enforcement officers (LEOs and RLEOs) to CC anywhere in the U.S. with some restrictions. Some form of LEOSA qualification is typically necessary for LEOs and RLEOs to CC, but Oregon statutes aren’t typical. Honorably retired law enforcement officers, along with many other classifications of law officers, may legally carry in the state under ORS 166.250.
RLEOs in good standing are not required to meet qualification requirements of federal law, but they must meet Oregon state standards of firearm training every 12 months. The Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) gives more details.
Firearms Training & Competency
The certified instructors at Concealed Coalition will teach you the applicable laws for your state and how to carry and fire a firearm safely. Training is available across the U.S. and online, so contact us to sign up or ask any questions.
It’s necessary to complete a state-approved firearms training program for Oregon concealed carry or to have equivalent experience via other avenues. There are many ways to achieve your CC qualifications in the state, and these are:
The NRA offers many different kinds and levels of training at a wide range of locations, including classes focused on helping women gain firearm skills. Use the local training locator to find specific lessons, as handgun safety must be part of the course under Oregon CC requirements.
Hunter Safety Courses
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife offers hunter education courses through certified instructors who provide firearm safety information as part of the curriculum. Classes are available in person for $10 and online at varying costs, depending on the provider.
Firearms Safety Courses From Other Providers
Public and private institutions, individuals, colleges, or law enforcement agencies often provide firearms training. The Oregon government site publishes a list of firearms instructors but reminds readers that this is a courtesy list and not an endorsement. Your sheriff’s department will require any instructor to be certified by a law enforcement agency or the NRA.
A Firearms Training Course With a State-Certified Instructor
Concealed Coalition offers firearms training to help you gain a CC license. Our highly trained instructors provide actionable lessons based on their extensive practical experience to ensure you gain tested and reliable skills.
DD Form 214 or Military Orders for Active or Former Military Members
The military document DD 214 is issued when a service member performs active duty or has completed at least 90 consecutive days of active-duty training. Equivalent handgun experience through military training is sufficient to qualify for CC. Retired or former military applicants should submit a copy of their DD 214 when applying for their CHL for the first time.
Documents from Participation in an Organized Shooting Competition
Applicants who can present evidence of equivalent experience with a handgun through participation in an organized shooting competition may consider this sufficient proficiency to CC.
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