Local attitudes?

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I've recently moved to Salem from the SF Bay area. California is a "may issue" state for concealed carry permits and there are major local differences. In some counties permits are a simple matter, in others like Contra Costa where I lived there is no chance of obtaining a permit without major connections.

Any comments on sentiment towards firearm ownership on the part of the general public and Sheriffs' attitudes on ownership and concealed carry? I assume the liberal areas like Portland would be different than, say, Grant's Pass?
 
Oregon is a shall-issue state for residents. If you are not disqualified from ownership, and have not had a criminal offense in the last 4 years, you are good to go. Sheriff has no leeway. For out of state residents, it is may issue.

In Marion County, attitudes are pretty lax, but for a big city, even Portland beats California hands-down. I am a WA resident and have a CPL issued from Washingotn County, and numerous friends have theirs from Multnomah.

ORS 166 has the relevant statutes and you can look it all up online.
 
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What is the attitude of those who don't own firearms about ownership? I preferred to keep a low profile when socializing in the SF area due to the "liberal" attitude.

I did get a couple of surprises, though, and in one case someone I assumed would be uncomfortable turned out to be aggressively interested in learning to shoot.
 
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What is the attitude of those who don't own firearms about ownership? I preferred to keep a low profile when socializing in the SF area due to the "liberal" attitude.

I did get a couple of surprises, though, and in one case someone I assumed would be uncomfortable turned out to be aggressively interested in learning to shoot.
I think your last statement is a prime example of "Don't judge a book by it's cover."! ;)
 
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What is the attitude of those who don't own firearms about ownership? I preferred to keep a low profile when socializing in the SF area due to the "liberal" attitude.
Well its probably a good idea to keep a low profile anywhere you carry, not just liberal locales. Although we not-so-affectionalely refer to Portland as Moscow-on-the-Willamette, in general the militant anti-gun crowd is fairly small amongst the residents and leadership. I'd wager that Salem is even less so. I don't think you have anything to worry about.

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What is the attitude of those who don't own firearms about ownership? I preferred to keep a low profile when socializing in the SF area due to the "liberal" attitude.

I did get a couple of surprises, though, and in one case someone I assumed would be uncomfortable turned out to be aggressively interested in learning to shoot.
I would expect the same thing here and do the same thing here. Don't forget that we have tons of people that have moved in from other states like CA.
 
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I think your last statement is a prime example of "Don't judge a book by it's cover."! ;)
And then there's Oregon's anti-gun Senator Floyd Prozanski , a "liberal" that just gutted pro-gun bill HB 2797, how do we judge him and the libs that put him office ? I'd wager some of those good voters even post on this board.......
 

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