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Oregon gun laws operate on a “Shall Issue” policy handgun license applications being processed at the county level by the local sheriff’s office. Oregon differs slightly from other states in that it has very few restrictions on where a concealed handgun can be carried. Additionally Oregon is an open carry state with local cities and counties authorized to place restrictions on persons who open carry but do not have a concealed handgun license. The Oregon State police also keep records of all gun sales from FFL dealers which are supposed to be destroyed after a period of 5 years.

Oregon CCW Quick Facts

Carry In Vehicle YES
Must Notify Officer NO
Carry In State Parks Allowed YES
No Gun Signs Enforced NO
Open Carry Permitted YES
Carry In Restaurant YES
Constitutional Carry NO
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Oregon CCW Reciprocity

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How Reciprocity Works in Oregon

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

Oregon Reciprocity State's


Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia


Oregon does not honor any other states concealed carry licenses.

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California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Dakota, New Jersey, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming.

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Oregon CCW License

Oregon Issue Policy

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Handgun License Overview

Applicants for a concealed carry license need to be at least 21 years or older and have completed a firearms training course. The Sheriff is given discretion as to whether or a not a license will be issued and can deny a handgun license if he thinks the applicant is a danger to themselves or others, there are no guidelines on how these decisions should be made. Other than that the application process is fairly easy and must be approved or denied within 45 days.

Non-Resident License

Only residents of states that border Oregon can apply for a non-resident handgun license. You can apply at any sheriffs office in Oregon however the license is issued on a "May Issue" basis.

It is left to the discretion of the sheriff if a license will be issued and some sheriffs are requiring the applicant to supply two references. There are some sheriffs who will not issue to non-residents.

Residents of the following states may apply for an Oregon handgun license;

  • California
  • Idaho
  • Nevada
  • Washington

Handgun Training

You will need to demonstrate that you are competent with a handgun. To do this you will need to show a certificate or statement from;

  • Hunter safety course
  • Firearm safety course by police or NRA certified instructors.
  • Online handgun safety course.
  • Written evidence from shooting competition.
  • Written evidence from military service.


  • Must be at least 21 years of age
  • Demonstrate competence with a handgun
  • Have your principal residence in the county application is filed in.
  • Have your current address on your driver's license
  • Be a citizen of the US
  • 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 be an unlawful user of, or addicted to, a controlled substance.
  • Not be on any form of pre-trial release.
  • Not registered as a sex offender in any state.
  • Have been discharged from the jurisdiction of a juvenile court for more than four years if you were under their jurisdiction for committing an act which, if committed by an adult, would have constituted a felony or a misdemeanor.
  • Federal Law - Prohibits the following persons
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Oregon: Places Off-Limits for CCW

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Places Off-Limits in Oregon

  • Posted private property where the owner prohibits firearms
  • Posted private businesses
  • State courthouses
  • Correctional facility
  • Racecourse
  • Indian resevation and some casinos on reservations, unless permission granted
  • Any place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by Federal Law.

Places Allowed in Oregon

  • State parks
  • State and national forests
  • Road side rest areas
  • Vehicle
  • All areas of the state - except those listed as off limits

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Oregon Gun Laws To Know

YES - Without a license

There are no state laws that ban the carrying of loaded firearms in a vehicle provided the firearm is not concealed or not readily accessible. However, local governments can set their own laws on public places which includes vehicles. So you would need to check the local regulations.

If you have a Handgun licence then none of the above applies to you.

NO - Must Inform Officer

Oregon gun laws make no mention of informing law enforcement you have a weapon. The laws do state that you must have with you at all times you are carrying a firearm your permit and produce this when requested.

The Law
ORS 166.292

YES - Without a license

You are legally entitled to open carry in Oregon with the minimum age being 18. However, local governments can set their own laws for persons who do not have a handgun license and are carrying a loaded handgun. So you must check up on the local laws before you open carry.

If you open carry without a handgun license then all public buildings are off limits.


“No Weapons” signs are not mentioned in Oregon gun laws. There are no legal penalties for entering a private property or business that has posted these signs. They have no force of law unless they are posted in areas that are mentioned by the law as being off limits.

GunsToCarry recommends that you do not enter a property displaying a “No Weapons" sign whether the law is for or against signage. If asked to leave a property and you refuse to do so then you are breaking the law and put yourself at risk of being charged.


You are permitted to carry in the following areas;

  • State Parks:       YES
  • State/National Forests:     YES - Dept of Forestry 629.025.0050
  • State Wildlife Management Areas:     YES
  • Road Side Rest Areas:     YES - ORS 166.37


In Restaurants That Serve Alcohol

"Yes" or "No" states if you can carry in a restaurant that serves alcohol. Some restaurants may be posted with "NO GUN" signs. Check with the staff if this means just the bar area. If we have indicated a "Yes" then it should be legal to have a meal without drinking alcohol.


Oregon is not a constitutional carry state.

"The people shall have the right to bear arms for the defense of themselves, and the state, but the Military shall be kept in strict subordination to the civil power"
(Art. I, Section 27)


Oregon Off-Limit Statutes

Other Oregon Statutes

For information on other states handgun laws please go back to the state laws page and select the state you are interested in.

Oregon CCW FAQ's


Oregon CCW Contact

Marion County Sheriff


Monday – Friday 8:30am – 5pm

Saturday Closed

Sunday Closed


Address 555 Court St NE,

AddressSuite 5232

CitySalem, OR 97301

Phone (503)-588-5225

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The information contained on this page is not legal advice but is merely a starting point for your own research. It is up to you to decide what the best course of action is for your circumstances. We are not lawyers, if you'd like individualized legal advice, we'd be happy to refer you to some law practices with known firearm specializations. It is crucial that you understand the law before you carry a firearm. Also, remember that just because a statute may clearly say one thing or another, that doesn't mean all members of law enforcement know it. That also goes for lawyers and even judges too.


  1. As a teacher it may be different being employed however as a manager of a store here in Klamath now, I was also informed that being a CHL person I am not required to notify my employer that I do conceal carry. Only after the employer is advised or informed can they tell you NO. somewhat falls under a ” didn’t get asked didn’t tell” situatuation so the employer doesn’t have any legal fallback for allowing it if something happens.

  2. If we are traveling and are in the state of Oregon a few days, what is the protocol for a gun…the other states we are traveling thru recognize our permit to carry…

  3. I am a 19 year old resident of Portland oregon and I would like to own a handgun. I know that licensed dealers cannot sell one to me legally, but have heard that I can legally possess one if it is given to me from a private party. Is this true?

  4. can i bring a handgun into oregon thru the airport in checked baggage as long as it is properly secured.

    1. I have personally checked handguns into my luggage departing PDX. You MUST declare any firearms though when you check in.

  5. is it legal to conceal carry a unserialized handgun in Oregon with a chl

  6. is it legal to conceal carry a unserialized hand gun in Oregon with a chl

  7. My in laws were told by a gun dealer they have to report and track gun caliber and several numbers to their guns every five years. Is this true?

  8. What are Oregon laws concerning purchase, possession and carrying of cap and ball pistols? Thanks

  9. Is it safe to purchase a firearm from Armslist.com? It’s an online local classifieds to purchase local firearm

  10. If you’re looking to acquire a permit to carry a concealed handgun then you can always look to your Sheriff’s Association for assistance here. In Oregon, we have the https://oregonchl.org/ which provides online training that satisfies the Oregon educational requirement for handgun safety training to obtain your concealed handgun license. After completing this course you must make an appointment with your Sheriff, but that’s it!

  11. State courthouses This include the State Capitol building and grounds. Is Open carry allowed there. Also I have been told that if I have my Concealed License I can Open Carry there. Just does not sound right to me.

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      Open Carry is legal but the state gave local governments the right to adopt laws/ordinances on carrying
      loaded firearms by those without a permit/license to carry. Some cities and towns have adopted such
      laws/ordinances and anyone who wants to open carry should check to make sure they can legally carry where
      they plan to open carry without a permit/license to carry. Places as listed in the “Places Off Limits” apply to
      those who open carry. ORS 166.370 exemptions for carrying in public buildings for those with valid
      permit/license to carry but not for those open carrying without a permit/license. So all public buildings are off
      limits to those open carrying without a permit/license.

  12. Who do I contact about a handgun purchase denial? I’ve never had an arrest, been convicted of anything beyond a traffic ticket for driving under suspended, and even owned a licensed preschool for 3 years. never been in a domestic violence charge. I have been reading up on Oregon licensing and it seems that they have been denying more than for what they legally should.

  13. Can I give my daughter a pistol that lives in Oregon, I’m from out side Oregon.

    1. Yes you can under current laws firearms can be exchanged between immediate family members. From Oregon gun laws

      OFSA exempts specific transfers or sales including transfers or sales:
      Between spouses or domestic partners; or
      Between immediate relatives including siblings, parents, children, step children, grandparents, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, first cousins of the transferor.

      But you’ll still want to make sure your daughter is legally eligible to own the firearm as well.

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      there are 18 states that allow teachers to carry guns and Oregon is one of them but you need approval from the school board.
      Alabama (which bans possessing a weapon on school grounds only if the carrier has “intent to do bodily harm”)
      California (with approval of the superintendent)
      Connecticut (with approval of “school officials”)
      Hawaii (no specific law)
      Idaho (with school trustees’ approval)
      Iowa (with “authorization”)
      Kentucky (with school board approval)
      Massachusetts (with approval of the school board or principal)
      Mississippi (with school board approval)
      Montana (with school trustees’ permission)
      New Hampshire (ban applies only to pupils, not adults)
      New Jersey (with approval from the school’s “governing officer”)
      New York (with the school’s approval)
      Oregon (with school board approval)
      Rhode Island (with a state concealed weapons permit)
      Texas (with the school’s permission)
      Utah (with approval of the “responsible school administrator”)
      Wyoming (as long as it’s not concealed)

      1. You should remover California form the list. It is no longer permitted to carry weapons on a school property even with the superintendents approval. Only active sworn LEO may carry.

    2. From my understanding from going to Klamath community College, as a concealed handgun permit holder, I was able to carry on any school grounds without needing to ask permission. However, it is in the best interest of said persons doi g so to notify any security or the head of the school that you will be doing so just in case someone sees a part of the holster or sees a buldge under you jacket/clothing and reports it.

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