Oregon Gun Owners 2018 Candidate Endorsements

Oregon Gun Owners
2018 Candidate Endorsements

The November 6 Oregon General Election is your chance to vote for candidates who will help protect our Second Amendment rights. Please consider our candidate endorsements when you make your decisions on your ballot.

If you are not currently registered to vote, please visit the Oregon Secretary of State’s website to do so online.

Senate Candidates

  • Alexander Flores (Hillsboro)
  • Senator Dallas Heard (Roseburg)
  • Senator Kim Thatcher (Keizer)
  • Senator Chuck Thomsen (Hood River)
  • Greg Warnock (Salem)

House Candidates

  • Representative Jeff Barker (Aloha)
  • Lori Chavez-DeRemer (Clackamas)
  • Richard Cunningham (West Eugene, Bethel, and Junction City)
  • Thomas Donohue (Central Coast)
  • Jack Esp (Salem)
  • Representative Lynn Findley (Baker, Grant, Harney, Malheur, and parts of Lake Counties)
  • Teri Grier (Coos Bay)
  • Marty Heyen (Woodburn)
  • Vineeta Lower (Cannon Beach)
  • David Molina (Hillsboro)
  • Bob Niemeyer (Tigard)
  • Representative Bill Post (Keizer)
  • Elizabeth Reye (Portland)
  • Representative Greg Smith (Umatilla, Morrow, Gilliam, Sherman, & Wasco Counties)
  • Brian Stout (Clatskanie)
  • Representative Richard Vial (Scholls)
  • Kim Wallan (Medford)
  • Brad Witt (Clatskanie)
  • Jack Zika (Sunriver)

Election Day is November 6, 2018

Who is on my ballot? Click here.
Who currently represents me? Click here.

Voter Registration Info

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Instead of registering to vote online you can complete a Voter Registration form and return it to your county elections office.​

Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries: Age Discrimination is Discrimination

The Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries ruled that it is illegal to refuse to sell a firearm to a person based on their age and is in violation of Oregon’s nondiscrimination law. This means that for now stores are legally obligated to sell guns to 18-year-olds in Oregon. However, Oregon lawmakers may raise the minimum age to legally purchase a firearm or create an exemption to the state’s nondiscrimination laws in the 2019 Legislative session.

An administrative judge will make a final ruling on the case in November, where BOLI’s earlier finding will be confirmed or rejected. There are two other cases in Oregon scheduled for trial for the end of 2018 and early 2019 against Walmart and Dick’s Sporting Goods.

3D-Printed Guns: The Future is Now

While 3D-printed guns and milled “ghost guns” have barely caught the eye of the media and legislators in America during the last five years; a new controversial court ruling to block the online posting of blueprints for guns has brought the issue into the national spotlight. Yet 3D-printing is still a relatively new technology without the ability to really make a modern, repeating firearm like an AR-15 with the cheap home versions of 3D printers that certain politicians and news outlets are attempting to lead you to believe.

Current gun legislation has mostly focused on limiting access to “weapons of war” and regulating accessories and features that are associated with military-style firearms like bump stocks, pistol grips, and folding stocks, etc. However, in reality, most military-style firearms are legal with only slight modifications to their operation in even the most hardline gun control states.

As the debate continues nationwide, OGO wants to know what your thoughts are on 3D-printed guns and what this could mean for the future of gun rights in America. For more in-depth information on the nuances of 3D-printed guns, we recommend you read this article by Wired.

Concealed Carry 101

Oregon Concealed Carry

Are you 21 years or older? Are you wondering how you can get a concealed handgun license (CHL) for self-defense in Oregon? Oregon Gun Owners has you covered!

CHLs are handled by your county sheriff. Sheriff’s offices will have the forms available in their office or online for you to print and fill out.

Non-residents of Oregon, please click here.

If it is your first time applying for a CHL, you must have:

  1. Your application form completely filled out and $65.00 (cash, checks, or money orders are accepted)
  2. Be able to pass a criminal background check
  3. Two character references. Your references must complete and sign the “Concealed Handgun License Required References” form. Please use the form provided by your county sheriff’s office
  4. A copy of a document showing proof of your competence with a handgun
  5. Proof of county residency. This can be through your Oregon Driver’s License, or a document showing you currently lease or own property in the county. Additionally, an Oregon tax return for the most recent tax year can be used to prove address
  6. Proof of legal residency (birth certificate, passport, or Immigration and Naturalization forms)

Approved handgun safety courses include:

  • A Hunter Safety class certificate, with documentation indicating handgun safety was a component of the class
  • A handgun safety class taught by law enforcement or a community college utilizing NRA instructors
  • Evidence of equivalent experience with a handgun through participation in organized shooting competition, security guard, investigators, reserve law enforcement officers or military service training. Supporting documents can include a score card, training certificate, DD214 or military training record

Things to be aware of

By Oregon law, if you would like to carry a concealed firearm on your person, or concealed and accessible in your vehicle, you must:

  • Have a CHL
  • Not have been dishonorably discharged from the Armed Services
  • Have no outstanding warrants for arrest or be on any form of pre-trial release

While Oregon law allows CHLs, some cities and areas have local ordinances forbidding it.

Please click here to find the correct forms for your county!

Non-Oregon Resident CHL Information


While Oregon is a “shall issue” state for residents, Oregon sheriffs have discretion if you are not an Oregon resident. This means that while you may meet all the criteria for a CHL, the sheriff can still deny you an Oregon license. Non-residents may apply to the sheriff of any county in Oregon.

Oregon currently allows residents of bordering states who can show a “compelling business interest” or “other legitimate reason” to apply for a permit. Some sheriffs’ offices consider self-defense sufficient, while others may not.


The Right to Carry

The Right to Carry

Hawaii currently has some of the most restrictive gun laws in the country. One of nine states with a “may issue” law, Hawaii state officials are legally allowed (and often directed) to deny most of all applications to applicants even if they are qualified and pass their background check. From 2016 to 2017, the State of Hawaii did not issue a single concealed carry permit according to state records. However, that may soon change.

In 2011, Vietnam veteran George Young was denied a concealed carry permit and filed a lawsuit against the state. After two failed attempts, a California-based lawyer succeeded in helping Mr. Young. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 that Hawaii officials had violated Mr. Young’s rights when he was denied a permit to openly carry a loaded gun in public to protect himself. The court ruled that concealed carry “categorically falls outside Second Amendment protection,” but “the Second Amendment encompasses a right to carry a firearm openly in public for self-defense.”

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court panel sent the case back to a lower court where Hawaii Attorney General Russell Suzuki plans to “consult with Hawaii County and work with them on further action.” A major point to note is Judge Richard Clifton’s dissent states that “there is no single voice on this question,” and suggests the Supreme Court will have to rule on the issue at some point. While the Supreme Court struck down gun ownership bans in 2008 and 2010, they have been hesitant to take on gun ownership and gun restriction cases in recent years.



According to a recent Giffords Law Center study, 26 states have passed 55 restrictive gun laws, and 15 of those states had a Republican Governor. These included laws aimed at domestic violence, bump stocks and trigger activators, ERPOs, extending background checks, concealed carry requirements, and urban gun violence reduction.

A new wave of gun-control legislation passing is alarming; more states are listening to anti-gun groups and are actively trying to restrict our Second Amendment rights. While many of these measures are being challenged in court, the Constitution serves to protect gun owners’ rights. However, if gun-control and anti-gun laws continue to gain momentum through the media and in the legislatures, tougher gun laws will soon be a reality in every state.

With your support, the OGO team will stop these extremist groups from stealing OUR 2A RIGHTS. Send them a message they cannot ignore—donate to OGO today.

Questions? Concerns? Let OGO know what you think about a new wave of gun control legislation email us at or message us on Facebook.

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Deeper Dive: Oregon’s Red Flag Law

Red flag laws, Extreme Risk Protection Orders (ERPOs), or Gun Violence Restraining Orders (GVROs) allow the police, and in some states, family members, to petition a judge to remove guns from individuals who may constitute a threat to their own wellbeing or others. Currently there are 13 states with red flag laws enacted and 3 states with red flag laws proposed. If you would like to see which states have these laws, please click here.

We strongly recommend reading The Oregonian’s Shots Not Fired article to get a better understanding of how the law has been applied so far in Oregon.

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