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Shall Issue to Residents and May Issue Non-Resident*
Oregon Revised Statutes 166.291
(8) The county sheriff may waive the residency requirement in subsection (1)(c) of this section for a resident of a contiguous state who has a compelling business interest or other legitimate demonstrated need.
Example Resident Permit:
Oregon State Police
Out Of State Permit Issue:
Oregon will only issue permits to people who are residents of states that border Oregon. Those states are Washington, California, Idaho and Nevada. A non resident from the states listed can go to any sheriff in Oregon and apply.
Permit Valid For:
Permits are valid for four years.
Permit Issued Timeline:
Permit shall be issued within 45 days of application.
$50 for the Sheriff’s department plus
$15 to the Oregon State Police for the background check.
Renewal: $50 for the Sheriff’s department.
1. Citizen of the US or legal resident alien with at least 6 months continuous residency.
2. 21 or older.
3. Not a convicted felon.
4. Not convicted or found guilty of a misdemeanor.
5. No outstanding warrants for your arrest or free on any form of pretrial release.
6. Demonstrates competence with a handgun per ORS 166.291(f).
1. 2 pieces of current identification, one of which must bear photo of applicant.
2. Completed application (done at county Sheriff’s offices).
3. The sheriff shall finger print and photograph the applicant.
A concealed handgun license is renewable by repeating the procedures set out in “Requirements” and “Required Documents” sections above, except for the requirement to submit fingerprints and provide character references.
Change of Address:
Informing Law Enforcement of Carry:
Loaded firearms must be carried in plain view or securely encased in the trunk or storage compartment.
Places off-limits when carrying:
It is unlawful to possess a firearm loaded or unloaded in a public building. “Public building” means a hospital, capitol building, a public or private school, college or university, a courthouse, city hall, or residence of any state official and the grounds adjacent to each such building. This restriction does not apply to individuals licensed under Oregon law to carry concealed weapons.
Alcohol and Drugs:
Waiting For Information. As always, alcohol/drugs don’t mix with firearms. That’s a pretty simple rule of thumb.
Deadly Force / Castle Doctrine:
Oregon is a Castle Doctrine state and does have a stand-your-ground law.
ORS 161.209-229. Use of force justifiable in a range of scenarios without a duty to retreat specified. Oregon Supreme Court affirmed in State of Oregon v. Sandoval that the law “sets out a specific set of circumstances that justify a person’s use of deadly force (that the person reasonably believes that another person is using or about to use deadly force against him or her) and does not interpose any additional requirement (including a requirement that there be no means of escape).”
Unrestricted under state law; some local regulation may exist.
Localities with Varying Laws:
For additional information please contact your local county Sheriff’s office.
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