Advocates push for gun storage bill at state capitol, hearing set Friday

Advocates push for gun storage bill at state capitol, hearing set Friday

Feb 6, 2020 at 5:00 AM A bill that would create a series of gun storage requirements drew hundreds of gun control activists to the Capitol on Wednesday as lawmakers prepared for a public hearing on the bill later this week. "Secure storage is a simple and common-sense way for gun owners to be responsible with their firearms,” said Hilary Uhlig, leader of the Oregon chapter of Moms Demand Action. “This bill will encourage responsible behavior and make sure people are held accountable.” House Bill 4005 would require that when a gun is not being carried, it is secured with either a trigger or cable lock or in a locked container. Firearms must be transferred while secured in a similar manner. If a gun is not stored in the manner described and later stolen and used to injure a person or property within two years, the gun owner is held liable for that injury. The measure would require that a gun owner report a lost or stolen firearm within 72 hours of when they learned or should have learned about its absence. Kevin Starrett, director of the Oregon Firearms Federation, said the bill would: "devastate youth shooting programs, deny young Oregonians the ability to defend themselves and their families, and punish the victims of theft." He added that the trigger locks the bill would require are "easily defeated." The Oregon Firearms Federation describes itself as the state’s only "no compromise" gun rights group. Moms Demand Action, a nationwide gun […]

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