At first glance Oregon looks like many other states in regards to its gun control policy. The chart below will support this statement:
State requirements for rifles and shotguns
Permit to purchase rifles and shotguns? No
Registration of rifles and shotguns? No
Licensing of owners of rifles and shotguns? No
Permit to carry rifles and shotguns? No
State requirements for handguns
Permit to purchase handgun? No
Registration of handguns? No
Licensing of owners of handguns? No
Permit to carry handguns? Yes
The common factor among states with lenient laws towards firearms is the above chart. No permit is necessary for purchase, registration of handguns is nonexistent, and licensing for owners is not necessary for all firearms. Although this stance is regarded as loose, Oregon should be excluded from this group for one determining factor. Most states with lenient laws towards firearms fail in two distinct areas-the buying side and selling side. These two sides are obviously linked and this is why Oregon’s laws towards firearms should be differentiated.
The purchasing of firearms in Oregon is widely considered to be legal and safe. Dealers and distributors must record all transactions and report their records to the state. In addition with state communication, dealers also must comply with annual police inspections. Although licenses aren’t required to deal firearms, a clean model is present to avoid the distribution of handguns to dangerous civilians.
The most commendable provision in Oregon gun laws is in regards to gun shows. Commonly unregulated, these markets breed swarms of illegal handgun transactions. Most states do not comply with the Brady laws, and do not require background checks for potential buyers; Oregon has instituted such a policy. In order to purchase a handgun, or any firearm at a gun show, a comprehensive Brady background check will be administered. This simple procedure greatly curbs gun trafficking, and the illegal sale of firearms to convicts, addicts, or those who are mentally unstable.
The institution of background checks at time of purchase is admirable, but other Oregon gun laws are incredibly fragile. The application process to conceal a handgun is among the easiest in the nation. The basic requirements are: Individual must be 21 years of age, a principal resident in the country which the application is processed, mentally stable, can demonstrate safety with a handgun, has not been found guilty of a felony in the past 4 years and possess no warrants for arrest. After the candidate passes this stage, fingerprints and a photograph will be taken and the applicant will hear back within 45 days.
Oregon does not possess the most stringent of gun laws but in reality nothing more is essential. The state’s violent crime statistics have been low for decades and there is no strong necessity to adopt a firm stance on firearms. If all the states with casual gun laws were to be ranked from 1 to say 40 in regards for necessity to change (One being a state such as Nevada that greatly needs a new stance on firearms), Oregon would most likely be ranked towards the bottom.