State Law Background
Among its gun violence prevention provisions, Oregon:
- Requires a background check prior to the transfer of a firearm between unlicensed parties;
- Allows family members and law enforcement officers to temporarily disarm dangerous people by using an Extreme Risk Protection Order; 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 2017, Oregon had the 21st lowest gun death rate among the states. Oregon both supplied crime guns to other states and imported crime guns at rates similar to the national average. However, Oregon did export more crime guns than it imported.
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.