Concealed Handgun License (CHL)
Out of state applicants by appointment only!
Klamath County Residents can submit applications on Tuesday and Thursday mornings between 9:00 am and 12:00 pm
To obtain a concealed handgun license from the Klamath County Sheriff's Office, you must:
- Be able to demonstrate competence with a handgun by showing a certificate or written statement that you have been trained by:
- A handgun safety course utilizing either police instructors or those certified by the NRA, including courses provided for security guards, reserve police officers, law enforcement officers, military service and organized shooting competition; or
- A hunter education safety course wherein handgun safety training is an element of the course and the course is approved by the State Department of Fish and Wildlife. Handgun safety training must be stated on the certificate provided by the course.
- You hold a previous Oregon license to carry a concealed handgun.
- Be a citizen of the United States of America. If you were not born a citizen of the United States, you must provide proof of citizenship, i.e., a U.S. Passport, Certification of Naturalization, or, if you were born on a military base, a Birth Certificate. If you are a legal resident alien, you must document continuous residency in Klamath County for at least six months and declare in writing to the Immigration and Naturalization Service your intention to become a citizen and provide such proof of the written declaration to the Sheriff at the time of application for a concealed handgun license;
- Have your principal residence in Klamath County;
- Have your current address on your driver's license;
- Be at least 21 years of age;
- Have been discharged from the jurisdiction of a juvenile court for more than four years if you were under their jurisdiction for committing an act which, if committed by an adult, would have constituted a felony or a misdemeanor.
Concealed Handgun License Application
New and Renewal Applications accepted in person ONLY.
Actions That Prohibit Obtaining a CCL
You must not:
- Have any outstanding warrants for your arrest
- Be on any form of pretrial release
- Have been convicted of or found guilty of a felony, except for insanity as provided by ORS 161.295
- Have been convicted of or found guilty of a misdemeanor, except for insanity as provided by ORS 161.295, within the previous four years
- Have been committed to the mental health division under ORS 426.130
- Have been found mentally ill under ORS 426.130 and prohibited from purchasing or possessing a firearm as a result of that mental illness
- Have a history that shows confrontation with others, including family or neighbors
- Have a history of conflict with police officers
- Have any offenses involving firearms
- Have been dishonorably discharged from the military
- Have any documented problems involving alcohol
- Have any documented problems involving drugs
- Have ever renounced your U.S. citizenship
Most of these provisions are outlined in ORS 166.291.
Possession of a Concealed Handgun License does not authorize you to carry a firearm in any Federal building, in certain areas on airport property, or in ANY courthouse where the presiding judge has posted notice of such prohibition. If you are apprehended with a handgun on these premises, your concealed handgun license will be seized and returned to the sheriff and your license may be revoked.
Also, possession of a concealed handgun without having a valid, current Concealed Handgun License with your current address on your person may result in your Concealed Handgun License being seized and revoked. Always carry your CHL with you when in possession of a concealed handgun and make an appointment to have your card updated in the event you move to a new address or change your name.