State Gun Laws - Oregon - Saul Roth

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By Saul Roth

Here’s an overview of gun laws in the state of Oregon. Please note that laws can change over time, so it’s always a good idea to consult the most current and official sources or legal professionals for the most up-to-date information.

Permits and Licensing:

1. Oregon does not require a permit or license to purchase rifles, shotguns, or handguns.

Firearm Purchase and Transfers:

1. Oregon requires a background check for all firearm sales, including private sales and transfers. The background check is conducted by a licensed firearms dealer or through the Oregon State Police.

Assault Weapons and High-Capacity Magazines:

1. Oregon does not have a specific ban on assault weapons, but it does regulate certain firearms under its definition of “assault weapons.” These regulations include restrictions based on features such as folding or telescoping stocks, pistol grips, and threaded barrels. However, the possession of assault weapons owned prior to the ban is allowed under certain conditions.

2. Oregon restricts the sale and transfer of high-capacity magazines (magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds) for handguns. There are exemptions for law enforcement officers and individuals who owned the magazines prior to the ban.

Safe Storage and Reporting:

1. Oregon does not have specific laws regarding the safe storage of firearms. However, the state encourages firearm owners to use safe storage devices to prevent unauthorized access, particularly when firearms are in the presence of minors.

2. There is no specific requirement to report the loss or theft of a firearm in Oregon, but it is recommended to report such incidents to local law enforcement.

Carrying Firearms:

1. Oregon is a “shall-issue” state for concealed carry permits. The state issues permits to qualified applicants who meet the statutory requirements.

2. Open carry of firearms is generally allowed in Oregon without a permit, except in certain restricted areas such as schools, government buildings, private property where firearms are prohibited, and within the Portland city limits where a permit is required for open carry.

Stand Your Ground Law:

1. Oregon does not have a specific “Stand Your Ground” law. However, Oregon law allows individuals to use force, including deadly force, in self-defense if they reasonably believe it is necessary to protect themselves or others from imminent harm or the commission of a felony. There is no duty to retreat when faced with a threat.

It’s important to consult the official Oregon Revised Statutes or seek legal advice to obtain comprehensive and up-to-date information on the specific provisions and requirements of Oregon’s gun laws.