- Shall Issue
- Permits issued to Residents and Non-Residents of bordering states*
- 21 years of age required*
- Valid for 4 years
- $65 Initial / $50 Renewal
- Processing Time within 45 Days
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Oregon is a Shall Issue State and issues Concealed Handgun Licenses to residents of Oregon and non-residents in bordering states. Some Sheriffs do not issues Non-Resident permits. You can find a list of Oregon Sheriff’s contact information here.
To apply, you must apply with the Sheriff of the county you reside in if you are a resident. Each Sheriff has its own process but most are very similar. Most will require you to make an appointment and require you to bring the completed application, two forms of identification (one with a picture i.e. drivers license), proof of handgun training, fees, and a stamped self address envelope where your license will be mailed to once it is issued. Make sure you view your County Sheriff’s process before applying.
Oregon became a Shall Issue state in 1989.
Oregon Concealed Handgun Licenses are issued by the Sheriff in each Oregon county. You can visit their websites here.
Does having a Oregon Concealed Handgun License exempt you from the background check when purchasing a firearm Oregon?
- Be a U.S. citizen, or a legal alien who can document continuous residency in the United States for at least six months and has declared, in writing, to the INS your intent to acquire citizenship (Form N300).
- Be at least 21 years of age.
- Have no legal condition that would prohibit you from possessing a firearm under either Oregon or Federal law.
- Have no outstanding warrants for your arrest.
- Not have been dishonorably discharged from the Armed Services.
- Not be an unlawful user of, or addicted to, a controlled substance.
- Not be on any form of pre-trial release.
- Not be required to register as a sex offender in any state.
- Not have been convicted of a misdemeanor, or found guilty of a misdemeanor within four years prior to application, except under ORS 161.295.
Not be subject to a citation issued under ORS 163.735 or an order issued under ORS 30.866, 107.700 to 107.723 or 163.738 (e.g. Stalking or Restraining Orders).
- Demonstrate competence with a handgun by any one of the following means:
- Completion of any hunter education or hunter safety course approved by the State Department of Fish and Wildlife or a similar agency of another state if handgun safety was a component of the course;
- Completion of any National Rifle Association firearms safety or training course if handgun safety was a component of the course;
- Completion of any firearms safety or training course or class available to the general public offered by law enforcement, community college, or private or public institution or organization or firearms training school utilizing instructors certified by the National Rifle Association or a law enforcement agency if handgun safety was a component of the course;
- Completion of any law enforcement firearms safety or training course or class offered for security guards, investigators, reserve law enforcement officers or any other law enforcement officers if handgun safety was a component of the course;
- Presents evidence of equivalent experience with a handgun through participation in organized shooting competition or military service;
Is licensed or has been licensed to carry a firearm in this state, unless the license has been revoked; or
- Completion of any firearms training or safety course or class conducted by a firearms instructor certified by a law enforcement agency or the National Rifle Association if handgun safety was a component of the course.
You should renew your license before it expires. An expired Oregon Concealed Handgun License is valid for up to 45 days if the licensee has applied for a renewal before the license has expired, if the licensee has approve of the application for renewal, or the application for renewal has not been denied.
If you are moving to another county you must submit a transfer application with the Sheriff of the new county you are residing in.
If I get arrested or convicted, do I have to notify the Oregon Department of Justice about the arrest or conviction?
A peace officer or corrections officer may seize your license and return it to the sheriff that issued it if they arrest or cite you with a crime that would cause the license to be denied when applying.
If I move my permanent residence to another state, is my Oregon Concealed Handgun License still valid?
“Be a U.S. citizen, or a legal alien who can document continuous residency in the United States for at least six months and has declared, in writing, to the INS your intent to acquire citizenship (Form N300).”
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).”
Does my military training exempt me from the training requirement for a Oregon Concealed Handgun License?
Are you allowed to carry concealed in Oregon State Parks, State & National Forests, Wildlife Management Areas, and/or Road Side Rest Areas?
State Forests: Yes
National Forests: Yes
Road Side Rest Areas: Yes
10/2/2015 – Format updated along with all information.
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