Oregon Open Carry

Open carry is legal in Oregon even without an Oregon Concealed Handgun License. Check your local regulations because they are allowed to regulate local firearms in public. Public buildings are also off-limits to open carry unless you have a license.


The minimum age to open carry in Oregon is 18 years of age.


If you have an Oregon Concealed Handgun License you may carry concealed in a vehicle. If you do not have a license, you can carry a loaded handgun as long as it is not concealed or readily accessible but you also need to check your local regulations because they are allowed to regulate local firearms in public including your vehicle.

(4)(a) Except as provided in paragraph (b) of this subsection, a handgun is readily accessible within the
meaning of this section if the handgun is within the passenger compartment of the vehicle.
(b) If a vehicle has no storage location that is outside the passenger compartment of the vehicle, a handgun is
not readily accessible within the meaning of this section if:
(A) The handgun is stored in a closed and locked glove compartment, center console or other container; and
(B) The key is not inserted into the lock, if the glove compartment, center console or other container unlocks
with a key.


The following places are off-limits to carry concealed even with an Oregon Concealed Handgun License. Check your local regulations because they are allowed to regulate local firearms in public including your vehicle.

  • Any federal facility — federal courthouses, social security offices, secured areas of airports, airplanes.
  • Posted private property where the owner prohibits firearms possession, and others.
  • Many private businesses have conditions regarding the possession of firearms on their premises. If you violate these conditions you could, under certain circumstances, be subject to arrest under Oregon trespass laws, in which case, if convicted, your concealed handgun licensee would be seized and/or revoked.
  • National parks marked or posted with signs prohibiting all firearms.
  • Indian reservations or property — you may not carry a firearm concealed without the written permission of the tribal judge; this may also apply to certain casinos on tribal lands.
  • Courts — in a courtroom, jury room, judge’s chambers, or adjacent areas that the presiding judge determines should be free of firearms to ensure the safety of litigants, court personnel witnesses, and others.
  • Public buildings are also off-limits to open carry unless you have a license.

For concealed carry information, visit our Oregon Concealed Carry page.

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  • Brandon

    So I am 18, I cannot carry loaded if it is readily accessible? So I cannot carry my m9 with a loaded magazine while walking around? Or is it ok if no round is chambered?

    • Scalia

      That refers to your vehicle. Loaded open carry is allowed as specified above. The restrictions are tighter for carrying a loaded gun in a car.

      • Arny.Plumb

        Best to have the magazine separate from the weapon and an orange empty indicator in the chamber. In an emergency the magazine can be inserted and the orange block removed relatively quickly. But situational awareness is far more important than speed. Don’t be caught off guard. And locked in a glove box will not help with a walk up carjacking. A locked door and your throttle will be more effective.

    • David Kelley

      If your 18 you cannot legally have a handgun, only long guns.

      • Mark Wahlster

        This is not true in the State of Oregon an 18 year old can own a handgun but can not buy one from a FFL

        • David Kelley

          Federal law states what I said. You CANNOT own a hand gun is under 21, and as a dealer I would NOT have been able to sell one to a person under that age. Any such transaction would not pass NICS. Post your statute of Oregon law that gives a person under the age of 21 approval in law. Good luck.

          • Mark Wahlster

            I can’t since it is not prohibited there is no statute permitting it. Show me the federal statutes that state a person under 21 can not own a handgun. Yes the law states that a FFL dealer can not sell them one but that is very different then Owning one. This topic has been discussed at length over and over in firearm discussion groups I am involved in and in OREGON (other states as well) A person under the age of 21 can own a handgun. How they get it is another issue.

          • Mark Wahlster

            Summary of Federal Law

            Federal law in this area distinguishes between long guns (rifles and
            shotguns) and handguns, and between gun possession and gun sales.
            Federal law also provides stronger age restrictions for
            sales by licensed gun sellers.

            Minimum Age for Gun Sales and Transfers

            Under federal law –
            Handguns
            Long Guns (Rifles and Shotguns)

            Licensed firearms dealers
            Dealers may not sell or deliver a handgun or ammunition
            for a handgun to any person the dealer has reasonable cause to believe
            is under age 21.7
            Dealers may not sell or deliver a long gun, or
            ammunition for a long gun, to any person the dealer knows or has
            reasonable cause to believe is under age 18.8

            Unlicensed persons
            Unlicensed persons may not sell, deliver or otherwise
            transfer a handgun or handgun ammunition to any person the transferor
            knows or has reasonable cause to believe is under age 18, with certain exceptions*.9
            Unlicensed persons may sell, deliver, or otherwise transfer a long gun or long gun ammunition to a person of any age.

  • James

    Can Ca residents open carry in Oregon?

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