State Law Background
Among its gun violence prevention provisions, Oregon:
- Requires a background check prior to the transfer of a firearm between unlicensed parties; and
- Prohibits certain domestic abusers from possessing firearms or ammunition.
- Oregon also gives law enforcement limited discretion to deny a concealed handgun permit.
Oregon does not, however:
- Require guns to be stored safely to prevent unauthorized users from accessing them;
- Prohibit the transfer or possession of assault weapons, 50 caliber rifles, or large capacity ammunition magazines;
- License or significantly regulate firearms dealers;
- Have particularly strong criteria for gun ownership;
- Require gun owners to obtain a license or register their guns;
- Limit the number of firearms that may be purchased at one time;
- Impose a waiting period on firearm purchases;
- Regulate unsafe handguns;
- Significantly regulate ammunition sales; or
- Allow local governments to regulate firearms.
In 2014, Oregon had the 24th highest number of gun deaths per capita among the states, up four places from the previous year. 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
For details about specific firearms laws in Oregon, choose a topic below, or see all of the firearms laws in this state.