My wife and I have been living in China for 12 years and now that our twin daughters are nearly 6 we've decided to move back to the U.S. for the better education system. (Don't believe the hype about China's education system. It is a Gulag! My wife (who's Chinese) and I are university teachers, of English teaching methodology / pedagogy, so we'd know) I'm originally from Indiana but we decided that we wanted to live near (but not in) Portland. My parents are moving out there to live with us and my father-in-law and his wife may eventually join us. My mom and I will be arriving in Oregon the third week of October to start looking at houses / land and start building a house / addition. Our friends have a house in Portland & spend the rainy season in Florida, they've generously offered us use of their house for half a year. Even though we may eventually buy property in Multnomah county, initially I'd rather rent in a nearby county. A county where the sheriff doesn't think its ok to make me apply to wait months, for an appointment, to apply for permission, to be granted a license, which gives me permission, to have the ability to exercise the most fundamental right of any living being. The main reason we chose Oregon over California (FYI we are really really liberal) are the gun laws. In Indiana I got my CCP at age 18 and it took maybe a week or two. I knew that in Oregon laws differed from Indiana, that I'd need to take a gun safety class etc... But the devil in really in the details isn't it! I mean, I'm going to be driving around in the country & forests with my mom (who's 70) and thanks to the Multnomah county commissioners I can't even have a handgun locked in the glovebox of my Subaru and keep a loaded mag in my pocket! So I need to find a place outside Multnomah to rent. Not too far from Portland but in a county where public officials don't twist the law and abuse their office in order to advance their own personal agendas. My mom will probably stay in our friends' house, she has an Indiana CCP but she won't be in a hurry to get her OR CHL since she seldom carries anyway. 1) Any suggestions about which county (near portland) has fast CHL turaround? 2) Any suggestions on month by month renting in said county? 3) Also what do I do about "local character references"? Everyone I know out there is liberal / progressive and people like me are more or less IN THE CLOSET on 2A issues. I mean it is one thing to mention organically in a political / philosophical conversation that self defense is a human right, but for armed liberals there is no "gundar" to tell us who shares our views and saying; "BTW I put you down as a character reference on my CHL application"; is sort of like standing in front of your conservative Christian church's congregation and saying "I'm here and queer...." One more thing a few years ago when I cleared out the stuff I had stored in my parents house they only wanted to kept my 10/22 so I sold my AR & handguns. 4) What is a good place to buy a 4th gen g19, 2 Khar p380s, and a FN-PS90 OD standard?