Handgun Shooting Basics For Women In Oregon

Women And Handgun Shooting Oregon OR

Woman Shotgun ShooterShooting is most definitely a thrilling hobby, as well as a means of protecting oneself. There is an extraordinary adrenaline rush, and a sense of pride, and then you do it over again. It’s incredibly exciting. It’s important that women become comfortable using firearms in Oregon, since guns are some of the best means of protecting themselves against intruders and attackers. One of the best ways to go about turning shooting into a hobby, rather than something strictly for self-defense is to learn about recreational shooting activities in Oregon, There is Practical Shooting; IDPA shooting that simulates self-defense and real life style encounters.

There is Shotgun competitions, Then there is the extremely exciting sport of 3 – Gun Shooting where your shoot a sporting rifle usually built on an AR – platform, a Shotgun, and an semi-auto pistol. There are also; Action, Silhouette, and Precision shooting competitions. If this is not enough there are also several very specific types of shooting competitions where just Rifles and Shotguns are used. 

New Women Shooters; Pistol, Rifle, Shotgun: What’s the Difference In Oregon?

Julie, Top Woman CompetitorIt can be a bit confusing to keep these terms separate, especially when you’re in conversation with a gun expert in Oregon who just prattles on and on! When you’re trying to figure out which type of firearm would work best for your home and/or personal self-defense, it’s important to be able to make an informed decision. Here’s a quick run-down to help you out:

A handgun is a firearm designed to be handheld, in either one or both hands. This can be a Pistol (Semi-auto) or a revolver. Handguns are much more suited to home and especially for personal defense. This is what you would carry around during your daily activities if you get a concealed carry permit in Oregon. The barrel is much shorter than both a rifle and shotgun, as it’s designed to be held with one or both hands, rather than placed against your shoulder. Most pistol barrels are grooved in a similar manner to that of rifles.

Rifles and Shotguns for New Women Shooters In Oregon

A rifle is a firearm designed to be fired from the shoulder, A rifle barrel is long and has thick walls with spiral grooves cut into the bore. This grooved pattern is referred to as “rifling”. This is one of the best guns for shooting recreationally. With the proper training in Oregon and choice of a rifle such as one on an AR – Platform it can be used for both sport and home defense. Rifles are very versatile and it is highly recommended that any woman wanting to learn to shoot a handgun should seriously consider adding a rifle into her training program.

A shotgun (also known as a scattergun and pepper gun,) is a firearm that is usually designed to be fired from the shoulder, which uses the energy of a fixed shell to fire a number of small spherical pellets called shot, or a solid projectile called a slug. The shotgun barrel is long and made of thin steel that is smooth on the inside to allow the shot to glide down the barrel without friction since it doesn’t have to withstand quite as much pressure. It’s similar to that of a rifle barrel. This is good for home defense in Oregon, but be careful of your surroundings. Often, the sound alone of a shotgun “Racking” is formidable enough to make an intruder think twice.

This page outlines just the very basics of the types of firearms in Oregon that may be best suited for you. Happy shooting!

For More Information Pick Your State

 The Oregon State Constitutional Provision States:  “The people shall have the right to keep and bear arms for the defense of themselves and the state, but the military shall be kept in strict subordination to the civil power.”

IN Oregon your gun rights are under direct attack, in February 2013 the Oregon legislature introduced HB 3200 which in essence is the following:

HB 3200 not only bans most modern guns and magazines, it allows warrantless searches of your home, requires background checks and registration for a firearm you already own and as-of-yet undefined storage requirements. We say “a firearm” because even if you comply with the restrictions in this bill you may still only own one.(Of course the bill does not apply to “government employees”.) There has been much chatter about governments confiscating guns, and this law would give the Oregon government that power. Typically, such a law is not retroactive, but this one is applicable to those legally in possession of such “assault” weapons. Any person who, prior to the effective date of this law, was legally in possession of an assault weapon or large capacity magazine shall, within 120 days after the effective date of this 2013 Act, without being subject to prosecution: This is tyranny plain and simple. If you believe in the US constitution and the second amendment you need to act, call your legislator, today!

Oregon is a shall-issue concealed-carry state and is notable for having very few restrictions on where a concealed firearm may be carried. Oregon also has statewide preemption for its concealed-carry laws, meaning that, with limited exceptions, counties and cities cannot place limits on concealed carry beyond those provided by state law. There is one possible exception to the "shall issue" statute. The concealed carry (CCW) license is issued by each county's sheriff, and is valid state-wide. The sheriff is given personal discretion if that sheriff "has reasonable grounds to believe that the applicant has been or is reasonably likely to be a danger to self or others." There is no pure definition of what that reason must be. With this the Sheriff can legally deny the issuance of a concealed carry permit.

US Precision Defense has a women’s only section with reports and information written by women for women. See the link on our home page. 

As for open carry laws in the state of Oregon: The state of Oregon is an open-carry state, yet cities and counties are free to limit public possession of loaded firearms by individuals who do not have a concealed carry permit. The municipalities of Portland, Beaverton, Tigard, Oregon City, Salem, Independence, and Multnomah County have banned loaded firearms in all public places.

Oregon is one of only a very few states that do not have ANY reciprocity agreements with any other states. Many consider Oregon to be somewhat of an anti-gun state and is currently considering several gun banning measures in the state legislature.

Interestingly though there are pro-gun states that will recognize Oregon’s CCW permits within their borders and they are: Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, and Vermont.

Some Oregon Legislators get it; February 2013 in what some see as a direct response to the HB 3200 authored by the Liberals within the legislature Rep. Tim Freeman (R-Roseburg) filed HB3006. The bill stands among the most ambitious Second Amendment Protection Acts in the U.S. It would essentially nullify all federal gun regulations in the state of Oregon. All federal acts, laws, orders, rules and regulations relating to firearms are invalid and may not be enforced in the State of Oregon.  The bill directs the Oregon Legislative Assembly to adopt all measures necessary to block federal enforcement of firearms regulations and makes provisions of the act applicable before, on or after its passage. Nine fellow representatives and six senators joined Freeman in sponsoring HB3006. It will be interesting if either HB 3200 or HB 3206 pass and get vetoed or signed into law.

Two Oregon sheriffs have written Vice President Joe Biden to say their departments won't enforce any new gun laws they consider to be unconstitutional. In one letter, Sheriff Tim Mueller of Linn County said politicians are "attempting to exploit the deaths of innocent victims" by supporting laws that would harm law-abiding Americans. Crook County Sheriff Jim Hensley said later that he also sent the same letter.  "We must not allow, nor shall we tolerate, the actions of criminals, no matter how heinous the crimes, to prompt politicians to enact laws that will infringe upon the liberties of responsible citizens who have broken no laws,"

US Precision Defense applauds these Elected Officials for standing up for the rights of the citizens’ of their counties and their belief in the Second Amendment. 

Mueller says he took an oath to support the Constitution, and laws preventing citizens from owning certain semi-automatic firearms and ammunition magazines would violate their rights.