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Oregon Gun Laws: What You Need to Know

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As a responsibly armed American, you already know how challenging it can be to stay up to date on changing gun laws…

Oregon gun owners, you’re in luck. We’ve gathered some of the most frequently asked firearms questions in your state. Read on for answers to some of the top questions regarding Oregon gun laws. (Not from Oregon? Check the “Legal & Second Amendment” category to find your state!)

Is Oregon a Right to Carry State?

Oregon is a shall-issue state with concealed carry applications processed at the county level by the local sheriff’s office. However, the sheriff has some discretion if there are reasonable grounds to believe that the applicant has been or is likely to be a danger to self or others. Open carry is legal in Oregon without a license, although local cities and counties are authorized to place restrictions on who may open carry in public places (including vehicles). The minimum age is 18 years old.

Can I Have a Gun in My Car in Oregon?

Yes, a person may have a concealed and readily accessible handgun in a vehicle if the person has an Oregon Concealed Handgun License (CHL). Without a permit, a loaded handgun must not be concealed nor readily accessible. However, local governments can set their own laws on public places, including vehicles. Oregon does not prohibit the open carrying of long guns in a vehicle.

Is Oregon a ‘Stand Your Ground’ State?

Oregon law does not explicitly reference a “stand your ground” law or Castle Doctrine by name. However, the combination of Oregon’s statutes on use of force and the interpretation by the Oregon Supreme Court in a 2007 ruling imply that state law doesn’t require a duty to retreat. This effectively indicates that Oregon is a Castle Doctrine state and a “stand your ground” state. Self-defense — even deadly physical force in certain situations — can be used to protect property and defend yourself from physical force, violence or attack. There is no duty to retreat.

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Do You Need a Concealed Carry Permit in Oregon?

Yes. Concealed carry is legal only with an Oregon concealed handgun license (CHL). Oregon CHLs require an applicant to demonstrate competence with a handgun. This can be done through an approved firearms training course, through participation in an organized shooting competition or military experience. Non-residents who live in contiguous states may apply for a CHL. In terms of reciprocity, Oregon does not honor permits from any other states.

What States Does Oregon Concealed Carry Cover?

An Oregon Concealed Handgun License (CHL) is currently honored in 26 states, including the 12 permitless carry states: Alabama, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Utah and Virginia, but this is subject to change. Visit the Oregon gun laws page for up-to-date information.

Can You Carry a Gun in Oregon State Parks?

Yes, only for those with an Oregon Concealed Handgun License (CHL).

Can an 18-Year-Old Open Carry a Handgun in Oregon?

Yes, open carry is legal in Oregon without a license, although local cities and counties are authorized to place restrictions on who may open carry in public places. The minimum age is 18.

Ready to Learn More About Oregon Gun Laws?

It is your responsibility as a gun owner to know and understand the laws regarding your concealed carry rights. The USCCA’s Concealed Carry Reciprocity & Gun Laws Map has been designed to help inform and educate armed citizens like you. To learn more about Oregon’s concealed carry permit application process, concealed carry restrictions and training requirements, visit the Oregon gun laws page now…

Additionally, continued firearms training is crucial to protecting your family. Find a shooting range in Oregon through our “Find a Shooting Range” resource — made possible by our partnership with the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) and WhereToShoot.org.

 

The information contained on this website is provided as a service to USCCA, Inc. members and the concealed carry community and does not constitute legal advice. Although we attempt to address all areas of concealed carry laws in all states, we make no claims, representations, warranties, promises or guarantees as to the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of the information disclosed. Legal advice must always be tailored to the individual facts and circumstances of each individual case. Laws are constantly changing, and, as such, nothing contained on this website should be used as a substitute for the advice of a lawyer.

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