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Concealed Carry Reciprocity Map & Gun Laws

Carry allowed with my Oregon permit?
No
Yes
Yes, Permitless Carry
Yes, Selected State
261k
Permits Issued
0
STATES HONORED
26
RECIPROCATING STATES
4.2M
STATE POPULATION
21
MINIMUM AGE TO CC
11
ATTORNEYS IN USCCA NETWORK
6.21%
PERMIT PERCENTAGE
4
YEARS PERMIT VALID
25
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Summary of Oregon Gun Laws

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 reasonably likely to be a danger to self or others.

No permit is required to purchase a firearm. Private-party firearms transfers must be conducted through a licensed firearms dealer while both parties are present. The dealer is required by federal law to conduct a background check and keep a record of the sale. The Oregon State Police keep records of all gun sales from firearm dealers for five years.

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 (which includes vehicles). The minimum age is 18 years old. Some areas are off-limits, including federal facilities and Indian reservations. 

Concealed carry is legal only with an Oregon CHL. Oregon CHLs require an applicant to demonstrate competence with a handgun. This can be done through an approved firearms training course or through participation in 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.

Oregon law does not explicitly reference the Castle Doctrine by name. However, the combination of Oregon’s statutes on use of force and the interpretation by the Oregon Supreme Court in 2007 ruling that state law doesn’t require a duty to retreat, effectively indicate 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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Oregon Gun Laws at a Glance

Open Carry/ Concealed Carry Basics

Constitutional Carry?

Does Oregon allow constitutional carry?

No. Oregon is not a constitutional carry state.

Open Carry Permitted?

Is open carry permitted in Oregon?

Yes, without a permit. 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.

[OR. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 166.173]

Gun Permit Licensure?

If Oregon requires a permit to carry a concealed firearm, how are those permits issued?

Oregon follows a shall-issue permit policy.

Minimum Age for Concealed Carry?

What is the minimum age in Oregon to get a concealed carry permit?

The minimum age to carry concealed in Oregon is 21.

Weapons Other Than Handguns Allowed?

Can you concealed carry weapons other than handguns in Oregon with a concealed carry permit (or under permitless carry if applicable)?

No. A Oregon CHL only allows the concealed carry of handguns.

Tasers or Stun Guns?

Is it legal to own a taser or stun gun in Oregon?

Yes. Stun guns and Tasers are legal to purchase and possess without a permit.
Non-Resident Permitting?

Does Oregon issue concealed carry permits to non-residents?

Yes, only for residents of contiguous states with compelling business interest or other legitimate demonstrated need.

[OR. Rev. Stat. Ann. §166.291]

Public Access to Concealed Carry Registry?

Does Oregon allow the public to access concealed carry registry information through public records law?

No, however the information is available for law enforcement.

Carry Locations

Carry in Vehicle?

Can you carry a concealed firearm in a vehicle in Oregon?

Yes, with an Oregon CHL permit. Without a permit, a loaded handgun must not be readily accessible or not concealed. However, local governments can set their own laws on public places, which includes vehicles.

[Or. Rev. Stat. § 166.250(1)(b)]

Carry at Roadside Rest Areas?

Can you carry a concealed firearm at roadside rest areas in Oregon?

Yes, with an OR CHL.

[OR. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 166.37]

Carry in State/National Parks, State/National Forests and Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs)?

Can you carry a concealed firearm in state/national parks, state/national forests and Wildlife Management Areas in Oregon?

Carry in Restaurants That Serve Alcohol?

Can you carry a firearm in restaurants that serve alcohol in Oregon?

Yes, with a valid OR CHL, unless posted.

Store in a Vehicle in an Employee Parking Lot?

Does Oregon have laws relating to storing firearms in private vehicles in an employee parking lot?

Not addressed in Oregon state law.

Additional Related State Laws

Must Notify Officer You're Carrying?

Are you required to notify a police officer that you're carrying a concealed firearm in Oregon?

No. You have no duty to inform an officer unless he or she asks if you have any weapons.

[OR. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 166.292]

Magazine Limits for Handguns?

Does Oregon have magazine capacity restrictions for handguns?

No. There are no handgun magazine capacity limits in Oregon.

Ammunition Restrictions?

Does Oregon have ammunition restrictions?

No. Oregon imposes no special restrictions on handgun ammunition.

"No Weapons Allowed" Signs Enforced?

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. Oregon does not enforce "No Weapons Allowed" signs.

Preemption?

Does Oregon have preemption laws related to concealed carry (i.e. Does state law supersede local laws regarding the possession of handguns)?

Yes. The authority to regulate firearms is reserved to the state, except cities may:

  • Regulate the discharge of firearms within the city’s boundaries; and
  • Regulate, restrict or prohibit the possession of loaded firearms in public places.

[OR. Rev. Stat. Ann. §166.170]

Red Flag Law?

Does Oregon have a red flag law?

Yes. A law enforcement officer or a family or household member of a person may file a petition enjoining the person from having in the person’s custody or control, owning, purchasing, possessing or receiving, or attempting to purchase or receive, a deadly weapon.

[Or. Rev. Stat. Ann. §§ 166.527]

Carry while using alcohol or prescription medication?

Does Oregon have laws regarding carrying a firearm while using alcohol or prescription medication?

Not addressed in state statutes.

As a responsibly armed American, regardless of the laws in your state, it is unwise to carry while under the influence of any substance that could impair your judgement, slow your reaction times, or impact your decision-making abilities. Any decision you make while carrying a firearm could have life-altering consequences.

Handgun Purchase & Possession

Purchase Permits?

Is a permit required to purchase a handgun in Oregon?

No permit is required when purchasing a handgun in Oregon.

Background Checks for Private Gun Sales?

Are background checks required for private gun sales in Oregon?

Yes. Private sales require a background check on the buyer.

Waiting Period?

Is there a waiting period after purchasing a handgun in Oregon?

No. There is no waiting period to buy a handgun in Oregon.

Handgun Registration?

Do handguns need to be registered in Oregon?

No. However, whenever a retail dealer, pawnbroker or otherwise, buys or accepts in trade, a used firearm, the person shall enter in a register the time, date and place of purchase or trade, the name of the person selling or trading the firearm, the number of the identification documentation presented by the person and the make, model and manufacturer’s number of the firearm. The form is provided to the local law enforcement agency. Firearms dealers are required to retain a firearms transaction thumbprint form for 5 years after completion of the form.

Minimum Age to Possess and Transport?

What is the minimum age to possess and transport a handgun in Oregon?

The minimum age to possess or transport a handgun in Oregon is 18 years old.

[ORS § 166.470]

Carry While Hunting

Carry While Gun Hunting?

Can you concealed carry while shotgun/rifle hunting in Oregon?

Yes. There are no Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife administrative rules that restrict the right to carry or have in your possession a firearm at any time. You may not hunt with that firearm unless regulations for the area and type of hunt in which you are participating allow you to do so.

Carry While Bow Hunting?

Can you concealed carry while bowhunting in Oregon?

Yes. You may carry or have in your possession a firearm during a general or controlled archery (bow) season. You must use legal archery equipment to hunt animals for which you have an archery tag.

[OR Dept of Fish & Wildlife Fast Facts about Firearms Possession]

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State Constitutional Provision
The people shall have the right to keep and bear arms for the defense of themselves and the state, but the military shall be kept in strict subordination to the civil power."
ARTICLE 1, § 27

Oregon Concealed Carry Reciprocity With Other States

Which states' permits does Oregon honor?

Oregon does not honor any concealed carry licenses from other states.


Other States' Reciprocity With Oregon

Which states honor permits from Oregon?

Note: Firearms must be carried in accordance with the laws of the state you are visiting. Be sure to check the laws of the other state before traveling there with your firearms.


States That Have Restricted Reciprocity with Oregon

Michigan (resident permits only)

Permitless Carry States

Anyone who can legally possess a firearm may carry it concealed in permitless carry states without a permit/license. Check each state’s page for more information and any restrictions that may apply.

Arizona (if at least 21 years old)
Alaska (if at least 21 years old)
Arkansas (if at least 21 years old)
Kansas (if at least 21 years old)
Kentucky (if at least 21 years old)
Maine (if at least 21 years old)
Mississippi (if at least 21 years old)
Missouri (if at least 19 years old)
New Hampshire (if at least 18 years old)
South Dakota (if at least 18 years old)
Vermont (if at least 18 years old)
West Virginia (if at least 21 years old)

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Oregon Concealed Carry Permit Information

Requirements:

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; and
  • Meet federal law requirements.
Fees:

Initial License $65

Renewals $50

Valid For:

4 years

Processing Time:

45 days

Application:

Link to example application (Each county has its own application.)

Non-Resident Concealed Carry Permits:

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/Stolen Permits:

You 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. The process varies by county, but yYou may be able to apply online for a replacement. There is a $15 replacement fee.


Oregon Concealed Carry Permit Application Process

How to Apply for a Oregon Concealed Carry Permit

Step 1:

Complete a firearm training course if required.

Step 2:

Complete an application form at your local county sheriff’s office or download the application.

Step 3:

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; and
  • 2 forms of ID. 

You will be fingerprinted.

Step 4:

You will be notified by mail if your application has been approved.


Firearms Training Requirements in Oregon

You can meet the handgun competency requirement in one of the following ways:

  • Complete a hunters’ safety course approved by the Department of Fish and Wildlife or similar agency, if handgun training was a component of the course; 
  • Completion of any firearm safety or training course available to the general public offered by law enforcement, a community college or private or public institution or organization, or firearms training school, if the instructors were certified by the NRA or a law enforcement agency and if the course had a handgun safety component;     
  • Provide a copy of your DD214 if it indicates you have been trained with a handgun, sidearm or pistol; or 
  • Present evidence of equivalent experience with a handgun through participation in organized shooting competition or military experience.

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Oregon Concealed Carry Permit Renewal Process

How to Renew a Oregon Concealed Carry Permit

Step 1:

An otherwise expired concealed handgun license continues to be valid for up to 45 days after the licensee applies for renewal if:

  • The licensee applies for renewal before the original license expires;
  • The licensee has proof of the application for renewal; and
  • The application for renewal has not been denied.
Step 2:

Obtain an application form at your local county sheriff’s office. Some counties have an application you can download.

Step 3:

Take the completed application to the county sheriff’s office with the following:

  • Your current/expired Concealed Handgun License; and
  • Your Oregon Driver's License.

Pay the fee.

Step 4:

You may receive a new CHL the same day. If not, you will be notified by mail if your application has been approved.


Law Enforcement Officers (LEO)/Retired LEOs

Law enforcement officers (LEOs) and Retired LEOs (RLEOs) may choose to carry under the Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act (LEOSA), often referred to as HR 218. Under 18 U.S. Code §§ 926B & 926C, qualified LEOs and qualified retired LEOs, or those separated from service in good standing, can carry a concealed firearm in any jurisdiction in the United States, regardless of state or local laws, with some exceptions. For details check out our Federal Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act (LEOSA) page.

From the Oregon Dept of Public Safety Standards & Training (DPSST) LEOSA webpage, “In Oregon, ORS 166.250 generally prohibits a person from carrying a firearm concealed upon their person. However, ORS 166.260 creates an affirmative defense to prosecution for “Sheriffs, constables, marshals, police officers, whether active or honorably retired, parole and probation officers, or other duly appointed peace officers.” This statute is not limited to Oregon law enforcement officers on its face, so it also applies to officers from out of state. Oregon presently allows retired officers to carry concealed handguns without the “qualification” requirements of the federal law. In particular, the federal law is limited to retired officers who have either 15 years of employment or have suffered a service‐connected disability which would significantly limit its reach regarding out‐of‐state officers.”

With this Oregon law in mind, the issue for Oregon’s law enforcement officers is making sure retired officers meet Oregon’s firearms training requirements every 12 months. That retired officer may then lawfully carry a concealed handgun in other states. 


Oregon Location Restrictions

Where Can I Carry a Concealed Firearm in Oregon?
  • Carry in restaurants that serve alcohol? Yes, with an OR CHL.
  • Carry in my vehicle without a permit/license?  No.
  • Carry in roadside rest areas? Yes, with an OR CHL.
  • Carry in state/national parks, state/national forests, and WMAs?  Yes, with an OR CHL.
  • Carry in places of worship? There is no State statute prohibiting concealed carry in places of worship. However, since places of worship are private property, they may post signs prohibiting firearms.
  • Carry in public buildings? Yes, with an OR CHL. “Public building” means a hospital, a capitol building, a public or private school, open areas of a college or university, a city hall or the residence of any state official elected by the state at large, and the grounds adjacent to each such building. [ORS 166.370(3)(g)]
Where Can't I Carry a Concealed Firearm in Oregon?

Places off-limits even with a permit/license

  • Inside buildings, dormitories, event centers and classrooms of public colleges and universities;
  • Any federal building — federal courthouses, social security offices;
  • Court facilities, unless the residing judge of a judicial district or a municipal court may enter an order permitting the possession of specified weapons in a court facility;
  • Secured areas of airports;
  • Dept. of Correction facilities;
  • Posted private businesses;
  • Posted property;
  • National parks/forests marked or posted with signs prohibiting all firearms;
  • Racetracks;
  • Indian reservations or property; and
  • Any place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by federal law or state law or regulation.

FAQ: Oregon Concealed Carry Questions

What Are the Knife Laws in Oregon?

It is legal to open carry any type of knife. Unless you have been convicted of a felony, you can own any knife you choose in Oregon. Those who have been convicted of a felony, may not own a knife with a blade that projects or swings into position by force of a spring or by centrifugal force. It is illegal in Oregon to conceal carry, on your person, a dirk, dagger, or stabbing knife; a butterfly knife, gravity knife or any knife with a blade that projects or swings into position by force of a spring or by centrifugal force.


Oregon Gun Laws Updates:

Date Details
2019-09-09

Added Carry While Hunting info to At A Glance table

2019-08-13

Added anchor links to various sections below the Summary

2019-07-26

Added minimum age to possess and transport a handgun to At A Glance table

2019-05-24

Added stun gun/Taser info to At A Glance table

2019-05-02

Added permit renewal and name/address change info

2019-04-19

Links checked

2019-04-04

Added info on carry in public buildings in the Location Restrictions section

2019-04-01

Added info on state implementation of Law Enforcement Officer Safety Act (LEOSA)

2019-02-20

Added info to vehicle carry in At A Glance table

2019-02-19

Added pages for Federal Gun Laws, Traveling with Firearms & Terminology

2019-02-09

Added ammunition restrictions to At A Glance table

2019-02-07

Added red flag law info to At A Glance table

2019-01-25

Added church info to location restrictions section

2019-01-24

Added FAQ about alcohol or prescription medication

2019-01-10

Mag limit added to At A Glance table

2018-12-13

Added preemption info to At A Glance table

2018-12-10

Clarified open carry info

2018-11-30

Added parking lot info to At A Glance table

2018-11-29

Clarified ban on public college campuses

2018-10-22

Added initial CCW law and reciprocity information for Oregon

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