Well, Oregon has it's own Brady check type system as you know. It gets it's proceed or no proceed from the FBI NCIS system. If there is incomplete info (no resolution) on your record they put a hold on the transfer. The standard wait time they give is 6 weeks, or 1 1/2 months. Oregon then requests the records from the reporting state, CA in your case, when they get the records they make the determination to proceed or not. I think
the 6 week period is to cover their backlog of bad record keeping from other reporting states, and not being able to control how quickly other states respond to their request, I believe
these are hard copy records and not just electronic transfers of info, so they take time.
Now for the good news.
1. you were not denied. If you were you could get the NCIS denial number and proceed with straightening this out on the federal level and get a NCIS PIN number for the NCIS system to a file that has the correct info.
2. Oregon OSP will
get the records and if all is good you will proceed with your purchase.
3. Oregon will retain your records for 5 years and you will usually get a quick OK to purchase on any future purchases, good idea to tell your FFL before he calls into the OSP to have them check their research files if they don't get a immediate proceed with sale.
4. Once the OSP gets your records and all is well I would get that info to the county Sheriff where you are applying for your CHL. Because the OSP will keep those records on file for 5 years they should be able to confirm the info with the Sheriff. That should take care of that.
5. one other thing you could do is contact the county court where your problem occurred or that had jurisdiction in your case and have them search the dockets for your name and resolution of the case. They may charge you a fee, but get a certified copy for your own records. If your situation was dealt with at the magistrate, local level, and not at the higher court levels (District Court) where felonies are dealt with you won't even show up on their records, have the Court Clerk for that county document that your name doesn't even come up in their District court records (dockets). Get where I am going with this. If in the court records their is no record of you being charged or being found guilty of a felony or other disqualifying item then again that is that. The court that has jurisdiction over felony charges MUST HAVE AND KEEP
a record of all felony charges and convictions brought against an individual, period. No court record, no charges = no criminal record = no reason for denial.
That is something you can do on your end. Like I said a certified copy from the Court that had jurisdiction is all you can really get to prove your side. If it was resolved a the local magistrate level since it was that long ago, most likely no records are there, so don't worry about that local, and magistrate courts cannot judge over felonies they must be remanded to higher court, where complete records ARE kept.
Also would recommend that you get a copy of your records from the CA dept of public safety, that will tell you exactly what they report to the FBI NCIS system. Usually easy to do certified request letter and a few $'s. Since you have lawyers on the case they should be able to provide you with copies. Nice to have the before and after picture, the after is after the resolution.
Thmb, What you are victim of is the fact that before about 1980 there were no standards of reporting info to the FBI and every state reported somewhat differently, leading to incomplete and often erroneous information to the FBI, which then later turned into the NCIS computer based system we all know and love today.
I know this is hard to deal with now, but it is a GOOD thing to get this resolved. Just think what would happen if you used a firearm in self defense and your record was run and came back murky.
As far as the people at the OSP go, they are not anti-gun ogres out to get you, just caught in the Oregon system, they are actually some really good folks. If you know you are right and a victim of bad record keeping then my advise to you is to stand the high ground, until you get it resolved the way it should have been in the first place.
I am not a lawyer so I am not giving legal advice, but I have watched Shark, the old TV series. Feel free to disregard the above if you so chose.