Gun law changes hit political crosshairs

Gun law changes hit political crosshairs

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Hundreds line up to testify on bills that could restrict gun sales, impose tough storage rules on gunowners. CAPITAL BUREAU PHOTO: CLAIRE WITHYCOMBE – People sign up to testify against Senate Bill 978, which would allow gun retailers to raise minimum ages, impose secure storage requirements on gun owners and prohibit untraceable ghost guns printed by 3-D printers. SALEM — When state Rep. Rachel Prusak was 16, she was dating a boy who she says became controlling and aggressive. Her parents helped her get a restraining order against him. Then he showed up at her house with a gun. He flashed it at her, and demanded that she go on a walk with him. She agreed, placated him and he let her go. He was arrested for violating the restraining order, but it wasn’t the only time he would get arrested for that, she told the House Judiciary Committee in testimony Tuesday. Even when she moved out of town, he would show up at her parents’ house. "I truly felt like my life was at constant risk," said Prusak, a freshman Democrat representing Tualatin and West Linn. Prusak was one of dozens of Oregonians who brought personal experiences with guns to the Capitol Tuesday, April 2, where lawmakers heard testimony on proposed gun regulations. Prusak supported House Bill 2013, which would tighten a 2018 state law restricting domestic abusers from possessing guns. It was the first Oregon gun control law passed in the wake of the mass shooting at […]

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