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Purchase of Firearms-Oregon

Ore. Const. Art. I, § 27 states that “the people shall have the right to bear arms for the defence of themselves, and the State, but the Military shall be kept in strict subordination to the civil power.”

Any person residing in the state of Oregon may purchase a rifle or shotgun in a contiguous state such as California, Idaho, Nevada or Washington and receive in, or transport into Oregon such rifle or shotgun, provided the purchase or transfer does not violate Oregon laws, the laws of the state in which the purchase or transfer is made or the United States[i].

In Oregon, law prohibits a minor under the age of 18, a convicted felon, who has not had his civil rights restored, a person who has been convicted of a misdemeanor involving violence or found guilty, except for insanity, within the previous four years, a person listed in the Health Division Registry, a person who has been committed to the Dept. of Human Services, a person who has any outstanding felony warrants for arrest, and a person who is free on any form of pretrial release for a felony from purchasing a firearm of any type.

During purchase, the purchaser has to sign his/her name and affix his/her address to the register that carries the details of the firearm sold.  The purchaser’s thump print is also necessary to complete the sale.

By virtue of ORS § 166.175, a city of Oregon may continue to regulate the purchase of used firearms by pawnshops and secondhand stores.

If a person purchases a firearm in Oregon having the knowledge that s/he is prohibited by the sate from purchasing the firearm, his/her act amounts to a Class A misdemeanor[ii].

Primary government offices that deal with issues relating to firearms are:

Attorney General

Justice Department

1162 Court St. NE

Salem Oregon, 97310

Phone: (503) 378-4400, Fax: (503) 378-5938

State Police

400 Public Service Bldg.

255 Capitol St. N.E.

Salem, Oregon 97310

Phone: (503) 378-3720 Fax: (503) 378-8282

[i] ORS § 166.490

[ii] ORS § 166.425

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