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OR CHL character reference. . .

Discussion in 'Legal & Political Archive' started by rdt, Dec 5, 2011.

  1. rdt

    rdt SW Portland Active Member

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    Just curious: whats with the character reference section in the Multnomah county chl application? How serious is this part? Do they have to be OR residents? CHL holders themselves?

    Thanks for any insight,

    -b
     
  2. RMD

    RMD Keizer, Or Member

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    I put down 2 Oregon people one with Chl and one without. Neither person was contacted.

    Btw this was in Marion
     
  3. Redcap

    Redcap Lewis County, WA Well-Known Member

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    Character reference?! :laugh::laugh::laugh:
     
  4. deen_ad

    deen_ad Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    I got mine in Multnomah many years ago. So far I've never needed a reference. I didn't even have to give them a letter from my employer like they used to require. Since I have a business license that part was easy.
     
  5. pchewn

    pchewn Beaverton Oregon USA Well-Known Member

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    The law in Oregon does not contain a requirement to give character references. The inclusion of these on the CHL application seems to be contrary to the law. However, the "sample" form in the ORS does show a character reference on the form. I don't know what would happen if you left that blank, and if asked to provide it, you showed them the law that enumerates the required information to apply for a CHL (which does not include character references).

    The law does not require that a person be of "good character" in order to get a CHL. (They gave ME one !!!) It only requires that you meet the age, lack of convictions, and other objective criteria -- not some subjective "good character" criteria.
     
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  6. civilian75

    civilian75 Hillsboro, OR Well-Known Member

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    +1 ^^^^^^^^^^^ pchewm beat me to the punch. OR is "shall issue".
     
  7. VW_Factor

    VW_Factor Woodburn Oregon Active Member

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    I put mine down on my app so it would not be rejected as "incomplete". They were never contacted.
     
  8. USMC1345

    USMC1345 Gresham, OR Member

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    Instead of asking the opinion of a bunch of strangers on the internet, I actually asked the clerk when I was filling out the application nine years ago. She said the references you list are not for the sheriff to contact to decide if you get the license, but for the sheriff to contact if they need to find you after you get your license. In all those years none of my references have been contacted.
     
  9. pchewn

    pchewn Beaverton Oregon USA Well-Known Member

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    In Washington County, I know of at least one case where the Sheriff's office did in fact contact references prior to issuing a permit. So be aware that if you give this information, they can use it as they please. It may differ from one county to the next.
     
  10. rdt

    rdt SW Portland Active Member

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    Thank you all! I have been stalling on taking the app in, this section is the only part not filled out ha ha. Ill ask myself when i go in and post their answer here on the off chance someone in the future actually uses the search function. . . .
     
  11. R-Rizzo

    R-Rizzo NW Oregon Member

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    Sorry to bump an old thread. I too was wondering this because I'm transferring to Multnomah from Washington Co. Not sure how your thing ever turned out, but apparently this was asked and answered by the Oregon Circuit Court of appeals back in 2002.

    Short answer: They can require the Character Reference information. If you do not provide it they can refuse your application as incomplete and are under no obligation to issue you your CHL.

    Long Answer: Oregon Judicial Department - Publications
     
  12. sailorfej

    sailorfej Scappoose Silver Supporter Silver Supporter 2015 Volunteer

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    In Columbia County both of my references were contacted by form letter and asked if they thought there was any reason I should not be issued a CHL.
     
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    solv3nt Portland Well-Known Member

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    MutlCo never contacted my references, same with my wife's.
     
  14. techiej

    techiej vancouver, wa Active Member

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    Anyone know if they have to be local contacts or are out-of-state (not WA or OR) OK?
     
  15. R-Rizzo

    R-Rizzo NW Oregon Member

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    Form states local, I took that to mean pdx metro area

    Sent from my Nexus 4 using Tapatalk
     
  16. duane black

    duane black Washington Well-Known Member

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    I can absolutely confirm Columbia County did this to me as well for my non resident. Surprised the hell out of me. Required them to answer the questions on the form and mail it back to them.
     
  17. duane black

    duane black Washington Well-Known Member

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    Columbia made no mention of the fact both of mine were out of state.
     
  18. rufus

    rufus State of Jefferson Well-Known Member

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    Grounds for denial around here. :)
     
  19. Nick Burkhardt

    Nick Burkhardt NE Oregon Well-Known Member

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    The wife and I put down people who we shoot with, a different two for each of us, and one who lives Washington state. None were contacted. Still took 206 days to get our permits.
     
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    deen_ad Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    I hope it doesn't take that long for a renewal, mine is up in April.


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