Oregon has had “shall issue” concealed carry since 1989. Prior to 1989, Sheriff’s issued licenses at their discretion. Many Sheriff’s chose not to issue at all and others issued only when an Oregonian demonstrated a “compelling need.”
Oregon Gun Owners is proud to have been a major architect in the development of “shall issue concealed carry” in Oregon. Since then, we’ve worked to lessen the restrictions on the right to carry. In fact, each Legislative Session, we introduce key pieces of legislation aimed at enhancing the right to carry. Among the legislation is a bill to extend reciprocity for our licenses to other states. The result would be to allow Oregonians to carry in other states. For a full description of our legislation, visit Politics and Law.
If you are new to Oregon or an Oregonian who is now interested in right to carry, we encourage you to read the Oregon Statutes relating to concealed handgun licenses. The chapter and sections of Oregon Statute relating to Concealed Handgun Licensing can be found here: ORS 166.
The following states currently allow an Oregonian with a valid CHL to carry:
- South Dakota
Oregonians can currently obtain a Florida or Utah concealed handgun license, which are recognized in most states.
PROBLEMS WITH A CHL?
There are still many enhancements that need to be made to the Oregon Concealed Handgun Licensing statutes. Many Oregonians have had difficulty with various Sheriffs across the state. At Oregon Gun Owners, we need to know what problems you may be experiencing in order to address them via the Legislature. If you have had a problem exercising your rights to carry with a CHL, or in attempting to get a CHL, then please call us. We will keep all information confidential and, if appropriate, we will refer you to an attorney who may be able to help.
Oregon State Police, Identification Services Section
3772 Portland Rd NE
Salem, OR 97301
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Oregon Field Office
1201 NE Lloyd Blvd, Ste 700
Portland, OR 97232