ORS 166.375
Possession of handgun or ammunition by Department of Corrections authorized staff member; rules


Notwithstanding ORS 162.135 (Definitions for ORS 162.135 to 162.205) and 162.185 (Supplying contraband) or any Department of Corrections regulation, rule, policy or provision of an employment contract to the contrary, if the department has not provided a secure and locked location for the storage of personal handguns and ammunition by authorized staff, authorized staff may possess a personal handgun and ammunition in the authorized staff member’s personal vehicle when the vehicle is parked in a department parking lot if the authorized staff member:


Is present at a public building owned or occupied by the department;


Has a valid concealed handgun license issued pursuant to ORS 166.291 (Issuance of concealed handgun license) and 166.292 (Procedure for issuing); and


Has secured the personal handgun and ammunition in a closed and locked container designed for the storage of firearms inside the vehicle.


(a) Authorized staff may possess and store only the amount and types of ammunition authorized by the department by written policy or rule.


The department shall adopt written policies or rules to carry out the purposes of this section. The policies or rules shall include, at a minimum, procedures for and responsibilities of authorized staff when possessing and storing personal handguns and ammunition on property owned or occupied by the department under this section.


As used in this section and ORS 423.045 (Handgun or ammunition on department property):


“Authorized staff” means employees of the department and employees of the State Board of Parole and Post-Prison Supervision and Oregon Corrections Enterprises who are assigned to work in or at a public building owned or occupied by the department.


“Handgun” has the meaning given that term in ORS 166.210 (Definitions).


“Vehicle” means a vehicle that is self-propelled and that is commonly known as a passenger car, van, truck or motorcycle. [2014 c.88 §2; 2015 c.246 §1]
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Law Review Citations

51 OLR 427-637 (1972); 69 OLR 169 (1990)

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