Unless an individual meets the requirements found in ORS 166.291, Oregon county sheriffs are required to issue concealed handgun licenses because Oregon is a "shall issue" state. Some situations arise, though, causing an individual to have a handgun license denied. If you believe you've received a denial without reasonable grounds, you do have legal recourse.
Filing A Petition
In the state of Oregon, there is a provision in the law allowing for an appeals process for individuals who receive a denial or revocation. All you have to do is file a petition with the Circuit Court. However, this petition must be filed within 30 days of the date you received the letter stating you were denied your conceal carry license.
The Most Common Reasons For A Denial
Many circumstances can lead to a denial. County sheriffs have the right to deny a concealed carry license if they believe the applicant could be a danger to themselves or others. Other common reasons include:
- If the person previously received a felony conviction.
- If, within four years of the person's application, they were convicted of a misdemeanor crime.
- If, within four years of the person's application, they were discharged from juvenile court.
- If there is currently a restraining or stalking order placed on the individual.
- If the individual has participated in a court-supervised drug diversion program.
Because there are many issues that could arise through the denial process, it can easily become confusing. Consider consulting a skilled legal professional who can provide the personalized advice and assistance you need.