Oregon State Law Summary

Posted on January 1, 2012


Last updated December 9, 2013

In our publication 2013 State Scorecard: Why Gun Laws Matter, the Law Center ranked each state based on a review of state laws in 30 different firearms-related policy areas. Oregon ranked 18th out of 50 – having enacted some gun violence prevention laws.

In 2013, Oregon did not enact any new laws regarding firearms.


Among its gun violence prevention provisions, Oregon:

  • Requires unlicensed sellers to perform a background check at a gun show before transferring any firearm; and
  • Has established a voluntary process by which an unlicensed gun seller may request that the Oregon Department of State Police perform a criminal background check on a prospective firearms recipient; the State Police must process such requests.

Oregon also gives law enforcement limited discretion to deny a concealed handgun permit.

Oregon does not, however:

In 2010, Oregon had the 22nd highest number of gun deaths per capita among the states. Oregon had the 25th highest rate of crime gun exports among the states in 2009–meaning that crime guns originally sold in Oregon were recovered after being used in crimes in other states at the 25th highest rate among the states.

Oregon Firearms Laws

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