Bills aimed at gun violence work their way through Oregon Legislature

Bills aimed at gun violence work their way through Oregon Legislature

PORTLAND, Ore. — Even before recent shootings in Colorado and Georgia, a handful of gun bills to address gun violence have been working their way through the Oregon Legislature this session. Legislation includes a bill that would require a gun owner to lock their weapon in a lock box or container, allow agencies to limit possession of a firearm in public buildings and a fix for the so-called "Charleston Loophole." Rep. Lisa Reynolds, D-Portland, is sponsoring multiple bills related to weapons. She’s also a physician and former advocate for gun violence prevention. "We should all be doing all we can to prevent death from gun violence. In Oregon, what we are looking at, particularly this session, is treating gun violence as a public health issue for the first time. That’s evidenced by one of the major bills this session in the House being heard by the House Health Care Committee," said Reynolds. "I don’t think the solutions to stopping criminals from committing heinous, horrible crimes is to remove the rights of law-abiding citizens," said Shawn Kollie, a gun rights lawyer in Central Oregon. HB 2510 House Bill 2510 would require a gun owner to secure it with a trigger or cable lock in a locked container or gun room. It is in the House Committee on Health Care. Reynolds said she is concerned about children who get access to weapons which can lead to accidental deaths or suicide. "We know that when someone is in crisis, they are more […]

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