Gun Regulations

Recently, Central Catholic held a brown bag lunch (an event where we discuss controversial topics as a community) to talk about gun violence in our country today. Many courageous students spoke out for what they believed in and brought plenty important facts and concepts to the discussion. One question that came up was, “who here knows the process of getting a gun in Oregon, with a show of hands?” About 10 out over the 100 students who came raised their hands. Although I consider myself educated on the topic of gun violence, I did not raise my hand. During the marches and walkouts the last several weeks, many students called for more restrictions on gun ownership. I believe that in order to speak out for these gun restrictions, we first need to understand the current process.

Some Things to Know

  • A background check is required for private party selling/transferring a firearm at a gun show
  • A background check is required for Federally Licensed Gun Dealers selling/transferring to a non-dealer
  • The identification presented by the recipient must meet the requirements of ORs 166.412 (4)(a)


According to the National Rifle Association (NRA) Oregon Gun Laws detail whether or not the following is required.


Rifles and Shotguns Handguns
Permit to Purchase No No
Registration of Firearms No No
Licensing of Owners No No
Permit to Carry No Yes

According to the Oregon State Constitution, “The people shall have the right to keep and bear arms for the defense of themselves and the state, but the military shall be kept in strict subordination to the civil power.”