For those Not From Around Here, the state of Oregon is Shall Issue for concealed handgun licenses for residents, and says that counties "may issue licenses to residents of adjacent states", i.e., California, Idaho, Nevada, and Washington.
Most counties seem to take the position that this means "residents of
states adjacent to them", which means that many counties that are
inclined to be so generous, only do so for folks directly across the
state line; this also means most counties say "there are no states
adjacent to us, so we won't do it." For years Clatsop county, at the
mouth of the Columbia River, was considered to be the best bet for a
non-resident permit, to the point that they were inundated beyond their
ability to handle the load (they said), and started restricting issue to
residents of Washington counties on the Olympic peninsula; that
is, counties that are adjacent (or close to) Clatsop County. (This is a shame,
as Clatsop County is a convenient destination for a weekend getaway;
Seaside is a rather typical tourist stop which happens to be on a beach
that Lewis and Clark frolicked on, but Astoria has some legit
attractions, like the Columbia River Maritime Museum.)
Several years ago, the Sheriff of Grant County, which is entirely
surrounded by other Oregon counties, and which I am told is the poorest
county in Oregon, struck upon a radical plan to raise funds for his
department: He would take his concealed handgun licensing show on the
road, visiting gun shows in adjacent states.
I believe he did one or two shows in California first, then did one in
Washington, and by the third or fourth fun show he had raised enough
money to purchase a portable digital fingerprinting system.
Other Sheriff's got into the act; I heard a claim (unsubstantiated) that the efforts were coordinated among the Sheriffs.
So last summer I got a calendar reminder that our OR permits would expire in 6
months. Our latest permits were issued by Columbia County, just west of
Portland, east of Clatsop County, and across the Columbia River from Brigid's hometown. I reset the reminder to three
While I had "use or lose" leave time, alas, various things prevented us
making plans before the permits expired, so we wound up going one week
Here's the deal: Columbia County only issues non-resident permits to
residents of Washington. You need your WA CPL. If you go during the week
you make an appointment, online, for a half hour block. $60.00.
They process permits on some Saturdays, cash only, on a walk-in basis.
So I made our appointments for 2:00 and 2:30, we got a room in Seaside
at the time share for a couple of days, drove over -- in the pouring
rain -- showed up at 13:50...
...and we were both done including photographs by 14:00.
Now, a new permit requires fingerprinting, so I'm sure those appointments take longer, but I still regard that as pretty good.
Also, part of the reason we got delayed until after our OR permits
expired was that Mrs. Drang had to renew her WA CPL first, and on our way there she realized she had
left it sitting on the desk.
Lanie (I think I'm spelling her name correctly) said "no problem" and
gave us an email address to send a scan of her CPL to, and said they
would process it normally.
So, if you're from Washington State and want to get (or renew) an Oregon carry permit, we endorse the Concealed Handgun Licensing services of the Columbia County Sheriff's Office.