A Note To First Time Gun Buyers.
As expected, Oregon Firearms Federation is receiving a large number of calls and emails from people who are attempting to purchase firearms and are experiencing long delays.
OFF cannot offer any help in expediting these transactions.
Background checks for gun purchases are conducted by the Oregon State Police using numerous databases. They also contact the FBI which conducts checks for other states’ gun dealers at no charge. The Oregon State Police charge $10.00 to do what many other states can do for no cost.
Under normal circumstances the Oregon State Police Firearms Instant Check System does a mediocre to awful job conducting background checks, and delays and denies frequently for no cause. Under the current circumstances their job performance has gone from bad to abysmal.
Under State and Federal law, you may still legally take possession of a firearm if you have been delayed (NOT DENIED) after three business days have “transpired”. However, while this is permitted, it is NOT mandated and few dealers will risk retribution from the ATF and the OSP and transfer under these circumstances.
As of 2015 the Democrats in the Oregon Legislature have also outlawed almost all private transfers. You may still obtain a firearm from a close family member, but any other “transfer” between individuals must be conducted by a licensed gun dealer using the same failed system they use to sell their own guns. (This includes a “loan” of a firearm.) If you feel it’s wrong that you cannot obtain a firearm from another law-abiding private citizen in this unusual time of need, please contact the person who created this failed system. Senator Floyd Prozanski .
The following info is from the OSP website. For what little it is worth.
FICS Instant Check and Stolen Gun Checks
Hours 8 am – 10 pm every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas
Challenge or Information Line Phone: 503-373-1808
FICS Unit Manager Phone: 503-934-2330
FICS Unit Supervisors
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