I have a restraining order and the abuser has a gun. Is that legal?
Probably not. Federal laws, which apply to all states, restrict an abuser's right to have a gun if you have a restraining order against him/her that meets certain requirements - you can read more about this on our Federal Gun Laws page.
Also, under Oregon law, if the abuser applies for a concealed handgun license, that license must be denied if the abuser:
- has been served with a citation to appear in court for a civil stalking protective order;
- has a civil stalking protective order againist him/her; or
- has a restraining order to prevent abuse against him/her.*
If the abuser already has a concealed handgun license, that license can be revoked by the sheriff for any of these reasons listed above.** For more information on how this process of revoking a handgun is initiated, you may want to inquire with a sheriff. You can find a link to your local sheriff's office on our OR Sheriff Departments page.
* O.R.S. § 166.291(1)(m)
** O.R.S. § 166.293(3)(a),(b)