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Local attitudes?

Discussion in 'Legal & Political Archive' started by GuyBMeredith, Jun 17, 2011.

  1. GuyBMeredith

    GuyBMeredith Salem, Oregon Active Member

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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?
     
  2. Thebastidge

    Thebastidge 10411 NE Fourth Plain Blvd Vancouver WA 98662 Well-Known Member

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    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.
     
  3. Chee-to

    Chee-to Oregon Well-Known Member

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  4. GuyBMeredith

    GuyBMeredith Salem, Oregon Active Member

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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.
     
  5. riverrat373

    riverrat373 Washington State Member

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    I think your last statement is a prime example of "Don't judge a book by it's cover."! ;)
     
  6. trainsktg

    trainsktg Portland OR Well-Known Member

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    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.

    Keith
     
  7. sprocket3

    sprocket3 Oregon - Wet Side Member

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    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.
     
  8. Chee-to

    Chee-to Oregon Well-Known Member

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    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.......