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Oregon prohibits any person under age 18 from knowingly possessing a firearm.1 A minor is not prohibited from possessing a firearm:

  • Other than a handgun, if the firearm was transferred to the minor by the minor’s parent or guardian or by another person with the consent of the minor’s parent or guardian; or
  • Temporarily for hunting, target practice or any other lawful purpose.2

In addition, Oregon prohibits any person from selling, delivering or otherwise transferring a firearm to anyone under age 18.3 Exceptions to this prohibition allow a minor’s parent or guardian to consent to the transfer of a long gun to the minor and allow the temporary transfer of a firearm to a minor for hunting, target practice or any other lawful purpose.4Federal age restrictions impose stricter limits regarding handguns.

 See our Minimum Age to Purchase / Possess Firearms policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue. 

  1. Or. Rev. Stat. § 166.250(1)(c)(A).[]
  2. Or. Rev. Stat. § 166.250(2)(a).[]
  3. Or. Rev. Stat. § 166.470(1)(a).[]
  4. Or. Rev. Stat. § 166.470(3).[]