Impassioned testimony highlights Oregon hearing on gun storage bill

Impassioned testimony highlights Oregon hearing on gun storage bill

Gun Rights

Citizens made good use of their allotted two minutes to tell lawmakers why House Bill 4005 is or isn’t a good idea. Another hearing to allow testimony is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 12. Rabbi Michael Cahana of Portland’s Congregation Beth Israel testifies in favor of a safe gun storage proposal during a hearing at the Capitol Friday, Feb. 7, on behalf of interfaith nonprofit organization Life Every Voice Oregon. (Sam Stites/Oregon Capital Bureau) Lawmakers on the House judiciary committee heard nearly three hours of public testimony Friday, Feb. 7, regarding a bill that would require Oregonians to keep their firearms under lock and key or face penalties. More than two dozen concerned citizens on both for and against the House Bill 4005 came to express their opinions in two-minute stints. Before the public was allowed to testify, the bill’s sponsors Rep. Janeen Sollman, D-Hillsboro, Rep. Rachel Prusak, D-West Linn, and Rep. Alissa Keny-Guyer, D-Portland, took a moment to explain why the bill is needed. “Unsecured firearm storage is an important contributor to access and is especially dangerous to children,” Sollman told the committee. “We need protections for youth and for those in mental crisis, and we need to keep firearms out of the hands of unauthorized users.” HB 4005 would obligate gun owners to secure their firearms with a trigger or cable lock, in a locked container such a safe or gun room. Under the bill, violation of this law would be punishable by up to $500 fine. If […]

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