For Oregon residents, possessing a concealed handgun license is a right under Oregon Revised Statute 166.291. This right however, can be denied or revoked for both Oregon and Washington residents if the conditions of the applications are not met.

Below is a list of reasons why a concealed handgun permit may be revoked.

  • You are arrested or receive a citation for a criminal charge.
  • You are convicted of a misdemeanor.
  • You are convicted of a felony.
  • A warrant is issued for your arrest.
  • It is determined that you provided false information on your application.
  • It is determined that you present a danger to yourself or others.
  • The court has determined you are mentally ill and subject to an order under ORS 426.130 prohibiting you from purchasing or possessing a firearm as a result of that mental illness.
  • You are committed to the Oregon Health Authority under ORS 426.130.
  • You no longer meet the residency requirements.
  • You become a respondent of an Oregon family abuse protection order.
  • You receive a drug conviction or diversion.
  • You receive a dishonorable discharge from the Armed Forces.

Why would my concealed handgun license be revoked: Any act or condition that would prevent the issuance of a concealed handgun license is cause for revoking a concealed handgun license. How does the revocation process work? Upon notification of such act or condition:

  • The Concealed Handgun Unit on behalf of the Sheriff will serve upon the licensee a notice of revocation.
  • The notice will contain the grounds for the revocation.
  • The notice will be served either personally or by certified mail, restricted delivery.
  • The revocation is effective upon the licensee’s receipt of the notice.

A person who has had their Concealed License revoked may petition the circuit court in the petitioner’s county of residence to review the revocation. The petition must be filed within 30 days after the receipt of the notice of revocation.

Question: Do I have to tell the police everything that happened the second they respond to the Incident?

Answer: No. It is your right to not make any verbal or written statements until you have spoken to your attorney. This does not apply to tactical information regarding your safety or that of others (such as how many bad guys, where are they, etc.)

Question Will they take anything from my home if a deadly use of force incident happens there?

Answer: Yes. Items might be taken by investigators as evidence pertaining to the incident. You may get them back once the court cases are completed and police are given the ok from the District Attorney.

Question: What type of ammo should I get for my conceal carry gun?

Answer: A personal defense round (hollow point) from a reputable manufacturer should be used. 

Question: I had some troubles with the law when I was a juvenile. Will that affect me getting a CHL?

Answer: It depends on what crimes were committed, and is up to the CHL Unit (background investigator) to make the final decision.

Question: Once I get my Oregon CHL, will it allow me to carry legally in other states?

Answer: As of now, an Oregon CHL is not recognized in Washington or California, and you cannot carry concealed in those states with just your Oregon CHL. Many other states Research which states will except the Oregon CHL before you travel. Remember, you are required to know and conform to the local area laws and ordinances when carrying concealed in those areas.

Question: Can I legally carry my concealed weapon inside my favorite restaurant?

Answer: Maybe. Privately owned businesses have their own policies. Gun policies might be posted at the entrance or on their website.