House should pass bill on firearm limits within public buildings

House should pass bill on firearm limits within public buildings

Our Opinion: This common-sense bill lets local communities make up their own minds on banning weapons or not. PMG PHOTO: ZANE SPARLING – During a Sunday, March 28, protest outside the state Capitol in Salem, a man pulled a handgun after protesters attacked his car. A bill that just passed the Senate and is heading to the House would ban firearms from inside state buildings, such as the Capitol. The Oregon Senate has passed a bill that would ban all firearms from state buildings and would authorize local governments to bar firearms from their buildings. We urge the House to pass the bill as-is, and Gov. Kate Brown to sign it. Senate Bill 554 is pretty common sense and was specifically written to allow communities to make up their own minds. Portland might want to ban firearms from city buildings, and Prineville might not. Under this bill, both could get their way. That seems like exactly the sort of respectful, one-size-does-not-fit-all legislation that Republicans historically have clamored for. In a state split between urban, suburban and rural, as Oregon is, cookie-cutter regulations often are a poor fit. It is appropriate that this bill doesn’t assume Scio would vote the same as Salem, which would vote the same as Stayton. Despite that, the bill argued on the Senate floor, Thursday, March 25, drew three hours of debate from gun-rights advocates. The bill would bar about 300,000 holders of Oregon Concealed Carry Permits from bringing their firearms into state buildings — […]

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