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Know the Laws: Oregon

UPDATED October 25, 2016

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Below is information about state gun laws in Oregon.  A restraining order or criminal conviction may make it illegal for an abuser to have a gun.  However, in addition to these state-specific laws, there are also federal gun laws that could apply. To fully understand all of the legal protections available, it is important that you also read the Federal Gun Laws pages.

WomensLaw.org strongly recommends that you get in touch with a domestic violence advocate in your community for more information on gun laws in your area. Go to the OR Where to Find Help page to find domestic violence organizations and legal help in your area.

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back to topI do not have a restraining order against the abuser and s/he has not been convicted of a crime. Can s/he have a gun?

Even if you do not have a restraining order against the abuser, and s/he has not been convicted of a crime, Oregon state laws make it illegal to have a gun in many other circumstances.  It is illegal for him/her to have a gun at any time if:

  • s/he is under 18;
  • the judge found him/her to be a person with mental illness and committed him/her to the Oregon Health Authority; or
  • a judge found him/her to be a person with mental illness and issued an order prohibiting him/her from having a firearm as a result of the mental illness.*

If the abuser does not currently have a gun, but you believe the abuser may apply for a license to carry a gun, s/he should be denied that license if s/he:

  • is not a US citizen;
  • is a legal resident alien here less than six months;
  • is under 21;
  • has an outstanding warrant for his/her arrest;
  • is on pretrial release (while awaiting a criminal trial for a felony);
  • participated in a court-supervised drug diversion program;
  • has received a citation to appear in court for a civil stalking protective order;
  • is under an order due to mental illness that prohibits him/her from possessing a firearm;
  • has been dishonorably discharged from the military;
  • is a registered sex offender in any state.**

Also, if the abuser already has a concealed handgun permit, that permit can be revoked by the sheriff for any of the above reasons.***  To contact your local sheriff, you can go to our OR Sheriff Departments page.

For additional information on gun laws in Oregon, you can go to the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence website.

* O.R.S. § 166.250(1)(c)
** O.R.S. § 166.291(1)
*** O.R.S. § 166.293(3)(a),(b)

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back to topI've read through all of this information, and I am still confused. What can I do?

Trying to understand both federal and state gun laws can be confusing.  There are people who can help you better understand the law and your rights under the law.

  • You can also contact the National Center on Protection Orders & Full Faith and Credit to get more information about the federal firearm law and how it applies to you: 1-800-903-0111 x 2.
  • You can write to our Email Hotline.
  • You can contact a local domestic violence organization in your area - see our OR State and Local Programs page.

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