Oregon CHL Application at Sheriff Dept next week - Questions

Oregon CHL Application at Sheriff Dept next week - Questions

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    Oregon CHL Application at Sheriff Dept next week - Questions

    Y'all,

    I'll be heading in to the family place in eastern Oregon for the rodeo next week. I don't spend a lot of time there but visit a couple of weekends a year. Other times, I spend a lot of time driving up and down US 5 on the western end of the state.

    I am going to show up in person and apply for an Oregon CHL to round out my western states ability to carry concealed.

    I have no issues that would preclude me on the background check or documented training (Military, NRA.. Other).

    Couple of questions for people familiar with OR / Local Sheriff processing in OR (and I have researched the sites - links below):

    - What documentation do I need beyond this: Military DD-214 showing weapons schools and many expert rifle/pistol, NRA and other training Certs (Pistol and Revolver), State DL, Federal ID, other CCW from other states (thought not recognized by OR).

    - I've read that there are instances where good cause/or a cause may be needed (for out of state) even though OR is a Shall Issue State - is this really an issue, or at the descretion of each Sheriff's Dept?


    Oregon License, Permits and Registrations: CHL: Concealed Handgun, License to Carry - Oregon Licenses, Permits and Registrations
    Any other advice is welcome.

    Again, I'm asking for the 'What they don't tell you on the OR website' kind of advice. Any 'Got Yas' to look out for?

    Thank you in advance.

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    I'd be interested to hear too. I was raised in Oregon and my family still lives in the willamette valley. Of course this means I am there at least a couple weeks of the year.

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    Angelico, are you a resident in a state abutting Oregon?

    It's a shall-issue state, by statute, yes. For residents of Oregon.

    Regarding non-residents applying ... Reference ORS 166.291 (8): The county sheriff may waive the residency requirement in subsection (1)(c) of this section for a resident of a contiguous state who has a compelling business interest or other legitimate demonstrated need.

    Commonly visiting family, for example, might be considered "legitimate, demonstrated" need, but that aspect is going to be up to the issuing sheriff in the county where you apply. A "couple" weekends a year? Might well not be seen as "demonstrated need." Note that there are some sheriffs noted for their tough stance on the concept of citizen carry. While I can't speak to the question of "legitimate, demonstrated need" and which ones would be more likely to be open to your proposed "needs," I'd suggest looking into the question of which sheriff/county to go to for the application. I wouldn't think it necessarily needs be the same county as your other family's presence happens to be in.

    On this question, check: oregonconcealedcarry.com, a forum where a lot of good and knowledgeable Oregonians congregate to discuss the current state of carry in Oregon. There, you might find info on "better" counties to consider for your application, given you're a non-resident. Beware some of the counties around Portland, some of which have a reputation for being hard-nosed regarding CHL.

    Personally, I don't imagine coming a couple weekends per year would satisfy as demonstrated need, though of course it'll be up to the sheriff.

    In ORS 166.291, possible supporting documentation of firearms safety/competency can be:

    Quote Originally Posted by ORS 166.291 (1)(f)
    Demonstrates competence with a handgun by any one of the following:

    (A) Completion of any hunter education or hunter safety course approved by the State Department of Fish and Wildlife or a similar agency of another state if handgun safety was a component of the course;

    (B) Completion of any National Rifle Association firearms safety or training course if handgun safety was a component of the course;

    (C) Completion of any firearms safety or training course or class available to the general public offered by law enforcement, community college, or private or public institution or organization or firearms training school utilizing instructors certified by the National Rifle Association or a law enforcement agency if handgun safety was a component of the course;

    (D) Completion of any law enforcement firearms safety or training course or class offered for security guards, investigators, reserve law enforcement officers or any other law enforcement officers if handgun safety was a component of the course;

    (E) Presents evidence of equivalent experience with a handgun through participation in organized shooting competition or military service;

    (F) Is licensed or has been licensed to carry a firearm in this state, unless the license has been revoked; or

    (G) Completion of any firearms training or safety course or class conducted by a firearms instructor certified by a law enforcement agency or the National Rifle Association if handgun safety was a component of the course;
    Beyond those items and the photo/fingerprint card, I'd say that you're good to go. Perhaps your military/training documentation will provide sufficient ammo to get past the non-resident aspect.

    Good luck.
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    @ ccw9mm,

    Yes, I am a resident of a ajoining state and have family in the county I am going to apply in.

    Thank you for the website. Will lurk there to pick up info.

    Thanks.
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    Here's a discussion thread on USAcarry.com regarding just this question: click. Opinions from the participants suggest certain counties where it's been found to be tougher/easier for non-res applications.

    And here's another one, at OpenCarry.org (from 2008): click. Being that old, it's entirely likely some of the county sheriffs have changed, since then.
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    @ ccw9mm

    Thank you again Sir.

    A little knowledge goes a long way :-)

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    Anglico, non-resident CHLs are completely at Sheriff's discretion. Shall-issue for OR residents only.

    The former sheriff of Grant County, Glenn Palmer, was the go-to guy for non-res licenses, but he is no longer sheriff, so who knows?

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    Most Oregon Sheriffs are pro-carry...but I'd suggest applying in the County where you will be visiting. Eastern Oregon is more conservative than in the Portland metro area. What city are you visiting? I grew up in NE Oregon

    I don't think there are any "got ya's" not spelled out on line

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    Anglico ... Did your application for non-res OR CHL get approved? If so, which county/sheriff was it?
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    Re: Oregon CHL Application at Sheriff Dept next week - Questions

    Just to add for future readers. In Washington County at least, you have to provide proof of citizenship, ie. birth certificate. You only have to do it once. After that you can renew with providing it again. Not sure if its like that in other counties.

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