2015 ORS 192.448¹
Nondisclosure of concealed handgun license records or information
  • exceptions
  • limitations
  • rules

(1) A public body may not disclose records or information that identifies a person as a current or former holder of, or applicant for, a concealed handgun license, unless:

(a) The disclosure is made to another public body and is necessary for criminal justice purposes;

(b) A court enters an order in a criminal or civil case directing the public body to disclose the records or information;

(c) The holder of, or applicant for, the concealed handgun license consents to the disclosure in writing;

(d) The public body determines that a compelling public interest requires disclosure in the particular instance and the disclosure is limited to the name, age and county of residence of the holder or applicant;

(e)(A) The disclosure is limited to confirming or denying that a person convicted of a person crime, or restrained by a protective order, is a current holder of a concealed handgun license; and

(B) The disclosure is made to a victim of the person crime or to a person who is protected by the protective order, in response to a request for disclosure that provides the public body with the name and age of the person convicted of the person crime or restrained by the protective order; or

(f)(A) The disclosure is limited to confirming or denying that a person convicted of a crime involving the use or possession of a firearm is a current holder of a concealed handgun license; and

(B) The disclosure is made to a bona fide representative of the news media in response to a request for disclosure that provides the name and age of the person convicted of the crime involving the use or possession of a firearm.

(2) A public body may not confirm or deny that a person described in subsection (1)(e)(A) or (f)(A) of this section is a current holder of a concealed handgun license unless the person seeking disclosure:

(a) Under subsection (1)(e) of this section provides the public body with written proof that the person is a victim of the person crime or is protected by the protective order.

(b) Under subsection (1)(f) of this section provides the public body with written proof that the person is a bona fide representative of the news media.

(3) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a public body that receives a request for disclosure under subsection (1)(e) or (f) of this section may conduct an investigation, including a criminal records check, to determine whether a person described in subsection (1)(e)(A) or (f)(A) of this section has been convicted of a person crime or a crime involving the use or possession of a firearm or is restrained by a protective order.

(4) The Attorney General shall adopt rules to carry out the provisions of this section. The rules must include a description of:

(a) The procedures for submitting the written request described in subsection (1)(d) of this section; and

(b) The materials an individual must provide to the public body to establish a compelling public interest that supports the disclosure of the name, age and county of residence of the holder or applicant.

(5) The prohibition described in subsection (1) of this section does not apply to the Judicial Department.

(6) As used in this section:

(a) "Convicted" does not include a conviction that has been reversed, vacated or set aside or a conviction for which the person has been pardoned.

(b) "Person crime" means a person felony or person Class A misdemeanor, as those terms are defined in the rules of the Oregon Criminal Justice Commission, or any other crime constituting domestic violence, as defined in ORS 135.230 (Definitions for ORS 135.230 to 135.290).

(c) "Protective order" has the meaning given that term in ORS 135.886 (Requirements for diversion).

(d) "Victim" has the meaning given that term in ORS 131.007 ("Victim" defined). [2012 c.93 §2; 2012 c.93 §5]

Note: 192.448 (Nondisclosure of concealed handgun license records or information) was added to and made a part of 192.410 (Definitions for ORS 192.410 to 192.505) to 192.505 (Exempt and nonexempt public record to be separated) by legislative action but was not added to any smaller series therein. See Preface to Oregon Revised Statutes for further explanation.

Notes of Decisions

Failure of legislature to include reference to courts and court records such as those particularly named in ORS 192.005 (Definitions for ORS 192.005 to 192.170) tells against applica­tion of these sec­tions to courts. State ex rel KOIN-TV v. Olsen, 300 Or 392, 711 P2d 966 (1985)

School district's blanket policy exempting public records from disclosure without individualized showing, violates public records law and is therefore unenforceable. Guard Publishing Co. v. Lane County School Dist., 310 Or 32, 791 P2d 854 (1990)

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Financial state­ments of hospitals as public records, (1974) Vol 36, p 893; crim­i­nal records subject to Public Records Law, (1974) Vol 37, p 126; power of county to refuse the right to copy maps, which are public records, with an individual's own equip­ment and to refuse to supply magnetic tape containing public records, (1979) Vol 39, p 721; Oregon Medical Insurance Pool is funda­mentally private-sector body, under virtually total private control, created by state to fulfill public purpose and is not state agency or public body subject to Public Records Law, (1989) Vol 46, p 155; ap­pli­ca­bil­i­ty to prison work program records, (1996) Vol 48, p 134; disclosure of per­sonal in­for­ma­­tion obtained from motor vehicle records, (1998) Vol 49, p 127

Law Review Cita­tions

53 OLR 354-363 (1974); 55 OLR 354-359 (1976); 56 OLR 387 (1977)

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Atty. Gen. Opinions

Attorney General's Public Meetings and Records Manual, (1973) Vol 36, p 543; public meetings and records manual, (1976) Vol 37, p 1087; pro­hi­bi­­tion on disclosing marriage records, (1998) Vol 49, p 21


1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 192—Records; Public Reports and Meetings, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors192.­html (2015) (last ac­cessed Jul. 16, 2016).
 
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2015, Chapter 192, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano192.­html (2015) (last ac­cessed Jul. 16, 2016).
 
3 OregonLaws.org assembles these lists by analyzing references between Sections. Each listed item refers back to the current Section in its own text. The result reveals relationships in the code that may not have otherwise been apparent.