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Loaded gun in your car in OR?

Discussion in 'Legal & Political Archive' started by M.Link, Feb 24, 2010.

  1. M.Link

    M.Link Guest

    I saw the thread about WA, but what about OR? Sometimes I put mine in the center console, is that ok? And at work I leave it in my car, in the center console. I asked the McMinnville PD about a loaded shotgun or AR in a Police style locking gun rack and he a Sargent said with a CHL it was ok. With that, it would not be concealed though, nor a handgun. I hate laws.
     
  2. deadeye

    deadeye Albany,OR. Moderator Staff Member

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    If you have a permit it is OK to put in the consol while driving or parked. If you do not have a permit it is OK to lock it in a consol or glovebox.

    I would however recomend getting a small lockable box for it when not in the car as to not let it fall into the wrong hands. It would also be best to separate the ammo from the gun when away from the vehicle for extended times.

    You can carry the handgun without a permit if it is in plain site and not under seat etc. I believe without the permit it is not lawful to carry in car loaded either. I think it is OK to have long guns loaded but the chamber empty but dont qoute me on that.
     
  3. safooma

    safooma Oregon Member

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    Also know that even if u have a CHL and you have a loaded firearm in the glove box or center console---if your passenger doesn't have a CHL, then they can be in trouble. You need to carry it on you or somewhere the passenger cannot get to it. Also hope that your passenger is not a felon.....
     
  4. rds801

    rds801 Portland Member

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    Never heard that one before. Thought it was whoever had possession of the car.
     
  5. branchbuster

    branchbuster Albany Active Member

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    I once asked a parole officer about a co-worker who is a felon and he said that the key is "accessible". If they are in the car with you, your gun needs to be out of their reach and in your control. But he also told me this is his rule of thumb and another PO may have a different opinion.
     
  6. safooma

    safooma Oregon Member

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    I wasn't sure about it either--until I took my CHL class this monday. I suppose the instructor could have been mistaken, but he was pretty adamant about it. I had seen it online before the class though, which is why I had my wife get her CHL too.
     
  7. chemist

    chemist Beaverton OR Well-Known Member

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    Huh. When I sat thru the CHL class, our NRA instructor - a retired LEO - said the same as you, that a CHL "has no effect on long guns." But then he said the opposite of your opinion, that you cannot carry anything with a barrel longer than 12" concealed in your car unless it's locked, CHL or not.

    Seems kinda silly that all us CHL holders should have differing viewpoints on what should be black-and-white law!:huh:
     
  8. pokerace

    pokerace Newberg Well-Known Member

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    You guys should contact the OFF and read freq.ask ?
    Also buy his book,it hfas a lot of answers in it.
     
  9. rds801

    rds801 Portland Member

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    I haven't seen any ORS saying that anything over 12" can't be concealed. haven't seen one saying a passenger in a car better have a CHL if the driver has a handgun concealed in the car. I will have to recheck those gun laws.
     
  10. ZachS

    ZachS Eugene/PDX Active Member

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    In Portland, having a loaded gun in your car - pistol or rifle - is illegal unless you have a CHL.
     
  11. Karma

    Karma the woods in Oregon Active Member

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    If the gun is not accessible to the passenger it isn't relevant if the person is a felon or not. It is all about control. It is better to have it on your person to demonstrate control. This came from the state, county, and local police departments. I was carpooling with someone who had a felony in their distant past. Checked into it.