Oregon Gun Laws

Gun Control Laws in Oregon

Gun laws in Oregon are very permissive, and their concealed carry laws are notably unrestricted. Oregon is a “Shall Issue” state for concealed carry licenses. Gun laws in Oregon govern the use, sale, purchase, and transfer of guns and ammunition within the state. Oregon maintains the rights to gun laws and local counties are not allowed to override them. County sheriff’s provide concealed carry licenses and in very few exceptions deny people who they feel may be a danger to themselves or others. Oregon is also an open-carry state. Oregon does not offer reciprocity to other states. Therefore, non-residents must apply for a permit in the state. Individuals under the age of 18 may not legally own a firearm. There is no waiting period to purchase a gun in Oregon. However, you will be subject to a background check. Assault weapons are illegal in Oregon along with some types of ammunition. The Oregon state police keep records of all gun sales in the state and retain them for up to five years.

State CCW Quick Facts

  • Shall Issue State gun policy
  • Yes Open Carry Permitted
  • No Constitutional Carry
  • Yes Carry In Restaurants
  • Yes Carry In Vehicle
  • Residents/Non-residents License issued to
  • 256,943 Number of Active CCW Permits
  • 23 # of states that honor Oregon license
  • 0 # of state licenses that Oregon honors
  • 4 Years license is valid
  • 65 $ cost of the license
  • 21 Minimum age for license permit

Oregon’s policy is Shall Issue in practice and its license is issued to residents. You can carry a handgun in: state parks, state and national forests, road side rest areas, vehicle, all areas of the state not listed as forbidden.

Oregon CCW Reciprocity Map

Although Oregon does not offer other states reciprocity, other states do honor an Oregon gun permit. These twenty-three states honor an Oregon gun permit for residents 

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, and Virginia. These states allow a gun permit from Oregon for non-residents, Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, and Virginia.

These twenty-seven states do not honor an Oregon gun permit 

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, and the District of Columbia.

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Oregon Concealed Carry Permit and Laws

Oregon is a “Shall Issue” state and concealed carry laws are very loose. The county sheriff approves or denies your application within 45 days. You can apply for a non-resident license, only if you reside in a state that borders Oregon. There are only a few places where you cannot carry your firearm in Oregon. They include courthouses, private businesses, private property, racecourses, correctional facilities, Indian reservations and any federal “off limits” areas. You can carry a loaded weapon in your vehicle, but you do not have to notify an officer if you are carrying. You also do not have to legally obey any “no weapons” signs, and you can open carry throughout most of the state. You can carry to state parks and restaurants that serve alcohol.

CCW Eligibility: Qualify or Pre-Qualify?

To qualify for a concealed carry permit in Oregon, you must be 21 years old. You must also show proficiency with a handgun by taking a firearms course. You must live in the town where you apply, and your driver’s license must have your current address on it. You must be a legal U.S. citizen and have no federal restrictions as to why you couldn’t own a gun. You cannot be a drug addict or have any outstanding warrants in your name. You also cannot be a sex offender or not be in the process of any pre-trial release program. The permit is good for four years and costs $65 when you apply.

Oregon Gun Background Check

Oregon is a full “point of contact” state and therefore before any dealer sells a firearm, he or she must contact the Oregon Department of State Police (DSP) for a thorough background check and fingerprinting. They must also contact the FBI using NCIS and check the person’s criminal history and mental health status. Usually, this process takes less than 30 minutes. There is no waiting period to purchase a gun in Oregon. These laws apply to private sales and unlicensed dealers as well.

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OR CCW and Pistol Permit Information

State Concealed Carry Requirements

  • 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 requirements

Gun CCW Permit Application

  1. Complete a handgun training course.
  2. Download the application under FORMS, also available from the county Sheriffs office.
  3. Assemble all you documentation; Training course certificate Completed fingerprint card Completed application form Two forms of ID
  4. File your application at the county Sheriffs office where you reside. Some counties require you to make an appointment.
  5. You will be notified by mail if your application has been approved.

CCW Renewal

  • A completed application
  • Your expired handgun license.
  • A Oregon drivers license with your current address on it.
  • $50 for the renewal fee.
  • You may need to schedule an appointment with the sheriffs office to renew your handgun license, the procedure will vary between counties.

OR Concealed Carry License Fee information

Permit typeFees when getting a new permitRenewalCurrent license amendmentFingerprint scan feeFee for firearm classesAdditional state fees
License to carry a concealed handgun$50.00 (Varies by County)$50.00Replacement: $15
Transfer: $30
$15.00$45 - $150$15 fee for State Police fingerprint check.

Places Where You Can & Can’t Carry a Gun in Oregon

State parksPosted private property where the owner prohibits firearms
State and national forestsPosted private businesses
Road side rest areasState courthouses
VehicleCorrectional facility
All areas of the state not listed as ForbiddenRacecourse
Indian reservation and some casinos on reservations, unless permission granted
Any place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by Federal Law

Oregon CCW Contact

Oregon Bureau of Firearms


Monday – Friday:8:00 am - 5:00 pm


Address:Oregon State Police CJIS Division
Identification Services Section
3565 Trelstad Ave SE
City:Salem, OR 97317
Phone:(503) 378-3070

CCW Licensing Offices in Oregon

Baker County Sheriff Office

Office Address
3410 K Street Baker City, OR 97814

(541) 523-6415

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Benton County Sheriff Office

Office Address
180 NW 5th Street Corvallis, OR 97330

(541) 766-6606

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Clackamas County Sheriff Office

Office Address
Public Safety Training Center 12700 SE 82nd Ave., Clackamas, OR 97015

(503) 785-5000 or 503-794-8059 (If you need assistance applying online)

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Clatsop County Sheriff Office

Office Address
1190 SE 19th St, Warrenton, OR 97146

(503) 325-8635

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Columbia County Sheriff Office

Office Address
901 Port Ave., St. Helens, OR 97051

(503) 366-4611

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Coos County Sheriff Office

Office Address
250 N. Baxter Street Coquille, Oregon 97423

(541) 396-7802

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Crook County Sheriff Office

Office Address
308 NE 2nd Street Prineville, OR 97754

(541) 447-6398

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Curry County Sheriff Office (Main Office)

Office Address
29808 Colvin Street Gold Beach, Oregon 97444

(541) 247-3245

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Counties in Oregon