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Oregon Gun Laws

Oregon is fairly permissive in regard to gun ownership. The state has passed some restrictive legislation, but Oregon generally respects the right to bear arms. Oregon has no requirements for licensing or registration before obtaining a firearm. There are no mandatory waiting periods, and most hardware is considered legal. Oregon also makes it fairly easy to obtain a concealed carry permit, as it is a ‘shall issue’ state. Despite some restrictions, Oregon remains as one of the nation’s more gun-friendly states.

Oregon Gun Laws at a Glance

Concealed Carry Premit Required Yes
Open Carry Premitted Yes
Waiting period before purchasing No
Lost and Stolen Firearm Reporting No
Firearms License Required for Purchasing No
Universal Background Check Yes
Firearm Registration No
Large Capacity Magazine Ban No

Firearm License Requirements

Oregon does not require gun owners to obtain any kind of license. The buyer must be 18 or older to purchase a long gun and 21 or older to purchase a handgun with a valid, state-issued ID.

Background Checks

Oregon buyers will be subject to a background check when purchasing any gun from any source. Private firearm sales and transfers must be processed through a licensed dealer, who is required to conduct a background check and keep a record of the sale. Both the buyer and seller must be present during the transaction. Records of all gun sales are kept by the Oregon State Police for five years.

Gun Shows

Oregon law requires both licensed dealers and unlicensed sellers to perform background checks at gun shows before transferring any firearms.

Oregon “Gun Show” Definition An event at which more than 25 firearms are on-site and available for transfer.

Hardware and Ammunition Restrictions

Hardware Restrictions
Assault Weapons Not restricted
50 Caliber Rifles Prohibited
Machine Guns Prohibited
Large Capacity Magazines No restrictions.
Ammunition Oregon prohibits Teflon-coated ammunition and ammunition that is coated in any Telfon-like substances. Oregon also prohibits any ammunition that is intended to penetrate body armor.

Prohibited Persons

A person is not eligible to purchase any firearm if he or she:

  • Is under the age of 18 years old.
  • Has a felony conviction or a violent misdemeanor.
  • Is on pretrial release.
  • Has been found mentally ill.
  • Has been involuntarily committed.
  • Has outstanding felony warrants.

Individuals who are under the age of 18 are prohibited from possessing a gun in Oregon, with a few exceptions. For example, minors are permitted to temporarily possess a firearm for hunting, target practice, or for any other lawful purpose. A parent, guardian, or a person with the consent of the parent or guardian may transfer a firearm to a minor as long as it is not a handgun. It is illegal to knowingly sell, transfer, or deliver any firearm to anyone who is under 18 or who is prohibited from possessing a firearm under federal or state law.

Prohibited Places

Location Restrictions Exceptions
Schools The state of Oregon permits the open carry of firearms in public, which includes motor vehicles. This means that loaded handguns and long guns can be transported as long as they are not concealed. However, in counties and cities that have prohibited open carry, transporting a loaded firearm in a vehicle without a CHL is also prohibited. In this case, a handgun must be transported in a trunk, a locked glove box, or any place where it is not "readily accessible." Long guns can be transported anywhere in the vehicle, but must be unloaded in areas where open carry has been banned. These regulations do not apply to snowmobiles. Guns must be unloaded to be legally carried on snowmobiles.
Vehicles Oregon prohibits any loaded or unloaded firearms in (or on the grounds of) public and private schools, colleges, and universities, and the grounds adjacent to each buildin Individuals with concealed carry licenses are permitted to carry firearms on the grounds of public colleges and universities.

Concealed Carry Laws

Notify Officer No
“No Gun” Signs Not Enforced
In-Vehicle Carry Permitted
Restaurant Carry Yes
State Park Carry Yes
While Hunting Permitted

Obtaining a Concealed Carry License

Pennsylvania is a “shall issue” state. This means that the governing body must issue a concealed carry permit to a given applicant if certain qualifications are met.

Requirements for a Concealed Carry License
A concealed carry license must be issued if the applicant:
  • Is a citizen of the United States or a legal resident (for at least six months) who can provide evidence that he or she has declared in writing to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services the intent to acquire citizenship status
  • Is at least 21 years old
  • Is a resident of the county in which the application is filed
  • Has no outstanding arrest warrants
  • Is not free on any type of pretrial release
  • Demonstrates competence with a handgun by completing a course or class that meets the necessary specifications
  • Has not been convicted or found guilty of a felony
  • Has not been found guilty except for insanity of a misdemeanor in the past four years
  • Has not been committed to the Oregon Health Authority
  • Has not been found to be mentally ill
  • Is not subject to an order that prohibits the possession of a firearm as a result of mental illness
  • Has been discharged from the jurisdiction of the juvenile court for more than four years if, while a minor, the person was found to be within the jurisdiction of the juvenile court for having committed a crime that would constitute a violent felony or a misdemeanor if committed by an adult
  • Has not been convicted of an offense involving controlled substances
  • Has not participated in a court-supervised drug diversion program
  • Has not received a dishonorable discharge from the US Armed Forces
  • Is not a sex offender in any state
  • Is not subject to a protection order or a citation for stalking

Concealed Carry Firearms Training

You can meet the handgun competency requirement for a concealed carry license in the following ways:

  • Complete a hunters’ safety course including handgun training, approved by the Department of Fish and Wildlife (or a similar agency)
  • Provided that the instructors were certified by the NRA or a law enforcement agency: the completion of any firearm training course available to the general public offered by law enforcement, a community college, a firearms training school, or any private or public institutions
  • Provide a copy of a DD214 if it indicates handgun training
  • Present evidence of handgun experience through participation in an organized shooting competition
  • Present evidence of handgun proficiency through law enforcement experience

Concealed Carry Location Restrictions

Even with a concealed carry license, you can not legally possess a firearm in:

  • Colleges and universities that have banned firearms
  • Court facilities
  • Department of Corrections facilities
  • Racetracks
  • Posted private businesses or private property
  • National Parks and forests posted with “No Firearms” signs
  • Secured areas of airports
  • Indian reservations
  • Any place where firearms are prohibited by state or federal law

Disclaimer: While the information provided here is legal in nature, it is not to be construed as legal advice, and is for educational and entertainment purposes only.