Time To Retire The Oregon State Police Gun Owner Back Ground Checks

Time To Retire The Oregon State Police Gun Owner Back Ground Checks

Oregon Firearms Federation
Oregon Firearms Federation

Salem, Oregon –-(Ammoland.com)- We have received a number of communications from gun dealers across the state informing us of long waits and busy signals when they attempt to conduct background checks for gun purchases.

While some dealers are reporting no changes, others have let us know that the difficulty in contacting Oregon State Police has had a serious effect on their ability to conduct business.

We are also receiving an increase in complaints about unjustified delays for gun purchases and a lack of response by the OSP when buyers use their “Challenge Line” in an effort to resolve delays. This was a common problem in the past and had largely gone away.

This all comes at a time when the OSP has requested significant increases in their fees.

If you are a dealer, or someone who has had difficulty making a purchase, you may download and distribute our Background Check Fact Sheet, (also quoted below) which has info on pending bills that deal with these issues along with important and helpful contact info for legislators and OSP officials.

We have also received multiple, credible reports that Oregon dealers are being pressured by ATF to make highly irregular and suspicious gun sales. It would appear to be Oregon's very own “Gunwalker” scandal.

The Oregon State Police are aware of these operations and have chosen to take a “hands off” approach.

If you are a dealer who has been pressured by ATF or the OSP into making transactions you consider suspicious, and are willing to share your experiences, please contact us. Rest assured your privacy will be protected.

Background Check Delay Fact Sheet

March 2011. Prepared By Oregon Firearms Federation. oregonfirearms.org .

Recently many Oregon gun dealers are reporting extremely long wait times to connect to the Oregon State Police in order to conduct background checks for firearms purchases. In some cases, it has taken hours to connect for a single transaction. The problem at gun shows is even more pronounced where dealers are relying on cell phones. In addition to the damage this is doing to dealers attempting to do business, this creates an undue burden for people attempting to make purchases.

Furthermore, there has been a significant increase in unjustified “delays” or “pends” after a long period of decline in this problem. There are currently two bills in the Oregon legislature that could solve this problem by ending the State Police involvement in background checks conducted by licensed dealers and turning this responsibility over to NICS, who also do not charge for checks.

All legislators can be reached at this number 1-800-332-2313


The House version of the bill is: HB 2791

The chairs of the House Judiciary Committee and the people who could make this bill happen are: Representative Jeff Barker

Capitol Phone: 503-986-1428

Capitol Address: 900 Court St NE, H-491, Salem, OR, 97301

Email: [email protected]

Website: http://www.leg.state.or.us/barker

Representative Wayne Krieger

Capitol Phone: 503-986-1401

District Phone: 541-247-7990

Capitol Address: 900 Court St NE, H-381, Salem, OR, 97301

Email: [email protected]

Website: http://www.leg.state.or.us/krieger


The Senate Version of the bill is: SB 934

The Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee and the person who could make the Senate bill happen is: Senator Floyd Prozanski

Capitol Phone: 503-986-1704

Capitol Address: 900 Court St NE, S-417, Salem, OR, 97301

District Office Address: PO Box 11511, Eugene, OR, 97440

Email: [email protected]

Website: http://www.leg.state.or.us/prozanski


The State Police have requested a large fee increase with the following bill:

SB 5538 Increases fees for background checks on gun purchases from $10 to $26.00.

Increases fingerprint fees for CHL's from $15.00 to $29.00.

If you are delayed or denied for a firearms purchase, the State Police challenge line is 503-373-1808 EX 327.

Calls to this line used to be returned promptly. In recent months calls to this line HAVE NOT been promptly returned.

If your calls are not responded to, contact David Yandell, Oregon State Police ID Unit. 503-378-3055 x55000

About:
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  • 3 thoughts on “Time To Retire The Oregon State Police Gun Owner Back Ground Checks

    1. I was wrongfully arrested about five years ago twelve hours away from county the warrant came out from, so it took me 14 days to find out they have the wrong guy. ( long story short ) so I know my record is clean and have been aware of firearms all my life so I saved up and found good deals on exactly what I wanted, I shopped for a month and found ffl dealer to receive the shipment and waited finally everything arrived and too my surprise I got a hold, very questioned I left and called challenge line and received a call back two days later saying that a had a arrest in another state and that there at the mercy of other state so I politely hung up and called arresting county and expidited paper work to them and waited for the all clear for two days and called them back they said they never received it, so I called back arresting county again and records clerk confirmed she sent it and told me she send another one. I’m so bummed I was so excited and spent two pay checks on this to have the store still hold them and wait.

    2. Would be nice, but with the Oregon Government running amuck with Democrats, it just will not happen. I’ve had multiple ‘holds’, and just got my first ‘Denial’ on Tuesday, June 21, 2016. Seems over 30 years ago, I pled guilty to a charge they do not like, so no more guns sales to me. If the Dems get into the presidential office again, I am moving to Montana, before the wall is built !

    3. I don't understand why we have a background check system like we do. It's expensive, time consuming, and a pain in the … We should have a system where some is checked out, then an endorsement is applied to the drivers license or state ID. Now a database keeps track of valid endorsements. So the dealer can place a call or go to a website, enter the DL # and get a quick confirmation that the endorsement is still valid.

      Quick, simple, accurate, lower cost, … tada,

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