Lock up that gun? Owners, safety advocates wrestle issue

Lock up that gun? Owners, safety advocates wrestle issue

For three hours, legislators listened to impassioned testimony about a proposal to require safe gun storage in Oregon. OREGON CAPITAL BUREAU: SAM STITES – Rabbi Michael Cahana of Portland’s Congregation Beth Israel testified Friday, Feb. 7, on a safe gun storage bill during a hearing at the Capitol. Cahana spoke on behalf of interfaith nonprofit Lift Every Voice Oregon. In two-minute turns on Friday, Feb. 7, more than two dozen people staked out their views on legislation requiring Oregonians to keep firearms locked up or face penalties. They appeared before the House Judiciary Committee for more than three hours, speaking on House Bill 4005 . Before that testimony, 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 their purpose. "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." PMG/EO MEDIA/SR The legislation requires gun owners to secure their firearms with a trigger or cable lock, in a locked container such as a safe or gun room. Violators could be fined up to $500. If a child gets their hands on an unsecured gun, the gun’s owner could be fined up to $2,000. Gun owners also could be liable for an unsecured firearm that causes injury or property damage, according to the […]

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