Oregon CHL, Arizona CWP, Florida CFL

To meet the letter of the Oregon Law, if you do not qualify for a Concealed Handgun License by satisfying ORS 166.291, paragraph (C), (D), (E) or (F) - (see below), you must be instructed by a certified law enforcement instructor or an NRA Certified Instructor.  The NRA does not endorse any online firearms training course, or any online course that is advertised as an NRA course.  If any non-NRA approved course is taught by an NRA certified instructor, it must have an accompanying disclaimer stating, "This is not an NRA approved course."

Under amendments to ORS 166.291 that became operative January 2, 2012, all applicants must demonstrate competence with a handgun.  On Target NW believes it is not possible to show competence without demonstrating, at a minimum, the basic fundamentals and skills needed to shoot your handgun safely while achieving the minimum score that would qualify you for the NRA "Basic Practical" Handgun Qualification Award.   While there are other instructors that interpret the statute differently and offer online or other courses that do not require a demonstration of competence with a handgun, On Target NW believes this is irresponsible and will not participate in the practice.

No one would ever expect to get a drivers license without showing basic proficiency in driving a vehicle.  Likewise, we feel it is not only dangerous, but  it is incredibly irresponsible for someone to carry a concealed firearm without showing basic proficiency in the use of that firearm.  In fact, carrying concealed without understanding the legal responsibilities associated with using a firearm in a self-defense scenario is a recipe for disaster and may be a ticket straight to prison.

On Target NW issues a certificate that is sufficient to satisfy the requirements for Oregon CHL training upon successful completion of any of our pistol training courses.  Also, if desired, we will include additional information following the instruction, which will meet or exceed the training requirements for the Arizona CWP and/or the Florida CFL.  A separate certificate will be issued for AZ and FL.

In addition to the NRA endorsed training,  all On Target NW pistol courses and the Personal Defense In The Home course includes a module on Oregon Gun Laws and responsibilities as they relate to concealed carry and self defense. 

As an affiliate instructor, we also include an in depth review of the booklet - What Every Gun Owner Needs To Know About Self Defense -  as published by Armed Citizens Legal Defense Network, and we introduce the student to additional resources that could reduce the risks associated with carrying or using a concealed firearm. 


Note 2: The amendments to 166.291 by section 10, chapter 826, Oregon Laws 2009, become operative January 2, 2012. See section 14, chapter 826, Oregon Laws 2009, as amended by section 23, chapter 826, Oregon Laws 2009. The text that is operative on and after January 2, 2012, is set forth for the user’s convenience.
      166.291. (1) The sheriff of a county, upon a person’s application for an Oregon concealed handgun license, upon receipt of the appropriate fees and after compliance with the procedures set out in this section, shall issue the person a concealed handgun license if the person:
      (a)(A) Is a citizen of the United States; or
      (B) Is a legal resident alien who can document continuous residency in the county for at least six months and has declared in writing to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services the intent to acquire citizenship status and can present proof of the written declaration to the sheriff at the time of application for the license;
      (b) Is at least 21 years of age;
      (c) Is a resident of the county;
      (d) Has no outstanding warrants for arrest;
      (e) Is not free on any form of pretrial release;
      (f) Demonstrates competence with a handgun by any one of the following:
      (A) Completion of any hunter education or hunter safety course approved by the State Department of Fish and Wildlife or a similar agency of another state if handgun safety was a component of the course;
      (B) Completion of any National Rifle Association firearms safety or training course if handgun safety was a component of the course;
      (C) Completion of any firearms safety or training course or class available to the general public offered by law enforcement, community college, or private or public institution or organization or firearms training school utilizing instructors certified by the National Rifle Association or a law enforcement agency if handgun safety was a component of the course;
      (D) Completion of any law enforcement firearms safety or training course or class offered for security guards, investigators, reserve law enforcement officers or any other law enforcement officers if handgun safety was a component of the course;
      (E) Presents evidence of equivalent experience with a handgun through participation in organized shooting competition or military service;
      (F) Is licensed or has been licensed to carry a firearm in this state, unless the license has been revoked; or
      (G) Completion of any firearms training or safety course or class conducted by a firearms instructor certified by a law enforcement agency or the National Rifle Association if handgun safety was a component of the course;
      (g) Has never been convicted of a felony or found guilty, except for insanity under ORS 161.295, of a felony;
      (h) Has not been convicted of a misdemeanor or found guilty, except for insanity under ORS 161.295, of a misdemeanor within the four years prior to the application;
      (i) Has not been committed to the Oregon Health Authority under ORS 426.130;
      (j) Has not been found to be mentally ill and is not subject to an order under ORS 426.130 that the person be prohibited from purchasing or possessing a firearm as a result of that mental illness;
      (k) Has been discharged from the jurisdiction of the juvenile court for more than four years if, while a minor, the person was found to be within the jurisdiction of the juvenile court for having committed an act that, if committed by an adult, would constitute a felony or a misdemeanor involving violence, as defined in ORS 166.470;
      (L) Has not been convicted of an offense involving controlled substances or participated in a court-supervised drug diversion program, except this disability does not operate to exclude a person if:
      (A) The person has been convicted only once of violating ORS 475.864 (3) and has not completed a court-supervised drug diversion program under ORS 135.907; or
      (B) The person has completed a court-supervised drug diversion program under ORS 135.907 and has not been convicted of violating ORS 475.864 (3);
      (m) Is not subject to a citation issued under ORS 163.735 or an order issued under ORS 30.866, 107.700 to 107.735 or 163.738;
      (n) Has not received a dishonorable discharge from the Armed Forces of the United States; and
      (o) Is not required to register as a sex offender in any state.
      (2) A person who has been granted relief under ORS 166.274 or 166.293 or 18 U.S.C. 925(c) or has had the person’s record expunged under the laws of this state or equivalent laws of other jurisdictions is not subject to the disabilities in subsection (1)(g) to (L) of this section.
      (3) Before the sheriff may issue a license:
      (a) The application must state the applicant’s legal name, current address and telephone number, date and place of birth, hair and eye color and height and weight. The application must also list the applicant’s residence address or addresses for the previous three years. The application must contain a statement by the applicant that the applicant meets the requirements of subsection (1) of this section. The application may include the Social Security number of the applicant if the applicant voluntarily provides this number. The application must be signed by the applicant.
      (b) The applicant must submit to fingerprinting and photographing by the sheriff. The sheriff shall fingerprint and photograph the applicant and shall conduct any investigation necessary to corroborate the requirements listed under subsection (1) of this section. If a nationwide criminal records check is necessary, the sheriff shall request the Department of State Police to conduct the check, including fingerprint identification, through the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The Federal Bureau of Investigation shall return the fingerprint cards used to conduct the criminal records check and may not keep any record of the fingerprints. The Department of State Police shall report the results of the fingerprint-based criminal records check to the sheriff. The Department of State Police shall also furnish the sheriff with any information about the applicant that the Department of State Police may have in its possession from its central bureau of criminal identification including, but not limited to, manual or computerized criminal offender information.
      (4) Application forms for concealed handgun licenses shall be supplied by the sheriff upon request.