Offenses Against Public Order

ORS 166.438
Transfer of firearms at gun shows

  • penalties

Transfer of firearms at gun shows; penalties.


A transferor who is not a gun dealer may not transfer a firearm at a gun show unless the transferor:


(A) Requests a criminal background check under ORS 166.436 (Department of State Police criminal background checks for gun show firearm transfers) prior to completing the transfer;


Receives a unique approval number from the Department of State Police indicating that the recipient is qualified to complete the transfer; and


Has the recipient complete the form described in ORS 166.441 (Form for transfer of firearm at gun show); or


Completes the transfer through a gun dealer.


The transferor shall retain the completed form referred to in subsection (1) of this section for at least five years and shall make the completed form available to law enforcement agencies for the purpose of criminal investigations.


A person who organizes a gun show shall post in a prominent place at the gun show a notice explaining the requirements of subsections (1) and (2) of this section. The person shall provide the form required by subsection (1) of this section to any person transferring a firearm at the gun show.


Subsection (1) of this section does not apply if the transferee is licensed as a dealer under 18 U.S.C. 923.


(a) Failure to comply with the requirements of subsection (1), (2) or (3) of this section is a Class A misdemeanor.


Notwithstanding paragraph (a) of this subsection, failure to comply with the requirements of subsection (1), (2) or (3) of this section is a Class C felony if the person has two or more previous convictions under this section.


It is an affirmative defense to a charge of violating subsection (1) or (3) of this section that the person did not know, or reasonably could not know, that more than 25 firearms were at the site and available for transfer. [2001 c.1 §7; 2015 c.50 §9]
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Law Review Citations

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


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