Oregon only requires reporting of certain firearm sales to law enforcement.1 Whenever a federal firearms licensee buys or accepts in trade a used firearm, that person must enter in a register the time, date and place of purchase or trade, the name of person selling or trading the firearm, the number of the identification documentation presented by the person and the make, model and manufacturer’s number of the firearm.2 A duplicate of the register must be hand delivered or mailed to the local law enforcement authority on the day of purchase or trade.3

Firearms dealers are required to retain a firearms transaction thumbprint form for five years after completion of the form.4 A law enforcement agency may inspect the records of a gun dealer relating to firearm transfers only with the consent of the gun dealer in the course of a reasonable inquiry during a criminal investigation or under the authority of a properly authorized subpoena or search warrant.5

Records of information obtained during a criminal records check request are exempt from disclosure under Oregon public records law.6 The Oregon Department of Public Safety may retain a record of information obtained during a criminal records check request for no more than five years.7

See our Retention of Firearm Sales and Background Check Records policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.

Notes
  1. Or. Rev. Stat. § 166.427(2). ⤴︎
  2. Or. Rev. Stat. § 166.427(1). ⤴︎
  3. Or. Rev. Stat. § 166.427(2). ⤴︎
  4. Or. Rev. Stat. § 166.412(2)(f). ⤴︎
  5. Or. Rev. Stat. § 166.412(8). See Or. Rev. Stat. § 166.434 (making the requirements of section 166.412 applicable to all firearms). ⤴︎
  6. Or. Rev. Stat. § 166.412(7)(b), Or. Admin. R. 257-010-0010(4), Or. Admin. R. 257-010-0055(3). ⤴︎
  7. Or. Rev. Stat. § 166.412(7)(a), Or. Admin. R. 257-010-0055(2). ⤴︎