Background Checks in Oregon

Oregon’s New Law

On August 9, 2015, a new law goes into effect that requires criminal background checks in Oregon for all gun sales, with reasonable exceptions for family members, hunting, and self-defense. This law closes a dangerous loophole that felons, domestic abusers, and other dangerous people were exploiting to avoid background checks and buy guns.



Some transfers do not require background check, such as:

  • transfers by or to law enforcement
  • transfers between immediate family members
  • temporary transfers for self-defense, hunting, and target-shooting; and
  • temporary transfers that occur exclusively while in the presence of the owner.


Licensed Gun Dealers

Under the new law, unlicensed sellers must meet buyers at a licensed gun dealer, who will conduct a background check on the potential buyer before completing the sale. Use the map below to locate a licensed gun dealer near you.

Gun dealers featured on this map listed themselves as members of GunBroker’s “FFL Holder Network” — gun dealers who are willing to manage transfers of firearms for unlicensed sellers. Hundreds of licensed gun dealers in the state participate, though additional gun dealers may also be willing to conduct checks on behalf of unlicensed sellers. 95% of Oregon residents live within 10 miles of these gun dealers from the “FFL Holder Network.”

Background Checks in Oregon