Oregon: Ban on carrying loaded guns absent a concealed-carry permit is upheld


Debra Cassens Weiss
ABA Journal
August 16, 2013

The Oregon Supreme Court has upheld a Portland ordinance that prohibits the carrying of loaded guns in public places.

In an opinion (PDF) issued on Thursday, the court said the loaded-gun ban does not violate the Second Amendment or the Oregon Constitution. The court noted 14 exemptions to the city’s loaded-gun ban, including one for people who have obtained a state license to carry a concealed weapon. Police officers, hunters and people traveling to target ranges are also exempted.

The court pointed to language in the U.S. Supreme Court ruling District of Columbia v. Heller that said the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms is not absolute.

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