First Arkansas, then Oklahoma, now Oregon considers letting elected officials carry guns in courthouses

Efforts to allow elected officials to carry guns into courthouses, adopted in Arkansas in 2015 and being actively considered in Oklahoma in 2017, have now moved to Oregon.

Current law (ORS 166.370(2)(a)) generally makes it a Class C felony to carry guns into “court facilities”, “local court facilities” or at least those portions of the facilities used by the courts.

Under HB 3107 as filed those prohibitions would not apply where

  1. the facility is located in a building in which other governmental functions take place
  2. the elected official performs official duties in the building and
  3. the elected official has a concealed handgun license

HB 3107 has been filed but not yet assigned to a committee.