As proposed, Oregon gun storage law would be among the toughest in the US

As proposed, Oregon gun storage law would be among the toughest in the US

FILE – In this Oct. 2, 2018, file photo, semi-automatic rifles are displayed on a wall at a gun shop in Lynnwood, Wash. Lawmakers in Oregon are considering a proposed gun storage law that would be the among strongest in America (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File) UPDATE: Vote moved to Monday, April 26, 2021. SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A proposed gun storage law that would be among the toughest in the U.S. is headed for a vote Monday in the Oregon Legislature, with backers saying it will save lives and opponents contending it could lead to deaths. Hundreds of people have testified about the measure, mostly in writing because there wasn’t enough time to take all the oral testimony. Among them was Paul Kemp, whose brother-in-law Steve Forsyth was killed with a stolen gun in a mass shooting at a Portland-area shopping mall in 2012. "I will never forget the screams I heard when we had to tell my teenage nephew that his father had been killed at the mall," Kemp said. But opponents say forcing people to keep guns locked up could waste precious moments if they need to defend themselves against armed intruders. Jim Mischel, of Sheridan, Oregon, described how his wife woke up when he was away one night in 1981. She heard a noise, went to investigate and saw that a man had broken into their home. She returned to the bedroom and tried to get to a pistol that was in a locked gun box […]

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