So a close friend attempted to get her CHL using the Maryland State Police, Gun Safety Course (online) to satisfy the ORS 166.291(f) requirement. The clerk wouldn't accept the certificate without checking with her Sergeant. After about a month with no response, my friend contacted them to follow up.
Their reply was (QUOTED emphasis added)
Sheriff Winters asked me to respond to your request. First of all let me apologize for the delay in getting an answer to you. I was reassigned temporarily for the last month or so and did not see your initial request.
As you may know, there are a number of different courses which have recently become available on line purporting to satisfy the requirements of ORS 166.291 (f). Unfortunately not all of those available meet the requirements. I have personally contacted the Maryland Police Training Commission and learned from them that the course curriculum does not meet the Oregon requirements. I was informed that the course in question is simply a brief introductory course for Maryland residents only and for the sole purpose of receiving a certificate of completion necessary for the purchase of a weapon in Maryland. It does not include the specific Oregon requirement of "handgun safety" as a component of the course.
Unfortunately we are unable to accept the Maryland Police Training Commission's certificate of completion as demonstration of competency with a handgun. If you have further questions, feel free to contact me directly.
Sgt. Bob Grantham
Supervisor, Civil Division
So....what are the Oregon requirements? ORS 166.291(f) says:
166.291 (f) Demonstrates competence with a handgun by any one of the following:
(A) Completion of any hunter education or hunter safety course approved by the State Department of Fish and Wildlife or a similar agency of another state if handgun safety was a component of the course;
(B) Completion of any National Rifle Association firearms safety or training course if handgun safety was a component of the course;
(C) Completion of any firearms safety or training course or class available to the general public offered by law enforcement, community college, or private or public institution or organization or firearms training school utilizing instructors certified by the National Rifle Association or a law enforcement agency if handgun safety was a component of the course;
(D) Completion of any law enforcement firearms safety or training course or class offered for security guards, investigators, reserve law enforcement officers or any other law enforcement officers if handgun safety was a component of the course;
(E) Presents evidence of equivalent experience with a handgun through participation in organized shooting competition or military service;
(F) Is licensed or has been licensed to carry a firearm in this state, unless the license has been revoked; or
(G) Completion of any firearms training or safety course or class conducted by a firearms instructor certified by a law enforcement agency or the National Rifle Association if handgun safety was a component of the course;
So.....the Maryland State Police course (available here: http://mdgunsafety.com/ ) is SPECIFICALLY TITLED "Firearms Safety Training".
AND..,...ORS 166.291(f)(c) ONLY requires that handgun safety be "A COMPONENT OF THE COURSE".
So why isn't the Jackson County Sheriff's department abiding by the state law?
Unfotunately, my friend wants her CHL more than she wants to force the issue so she's already obtained an "acceptable" certificate....I will probably contact O.F.F. but wanted to put it out there to see what you all think first.