Oregon Democrats likely to tuck 2 major gun safety concepts into single bill

Oregon Democrats likely to tuck 2 major gun safety concepts into single bill

The House Rules Committee is considering an amendment that would combine two major gun bills. Two high-profile gun bills , each targeting a different approach to gun safety, are on track to be merged at the Oregon Legislature. The House Rules Committee held a hearing Wednesday to propose changes to Senate Bill 554 , which as written would allow local governments to ban holders of concealed weapons permits from bringing guns into public buildings. The bill has already been approved in the Senate. But Democrats, who control the committee, signaled they will probably rewrite it to include elements of a separate gun measure, House Bill 2510 . That bill would require gun owners to secure their weapons when not in use, either by placing them in a locked container or by using a trigger lock. The measure would also require people whose guns are stolen to promptly report the theft to law enforcement. The gun storage bill has been held up in the House since April 5, when it was originally scheduled for a floor vote. Democrats have twice delayed debate on the bill by one-week increments. It now appears that Democrats’ plan is to combine the two bills , which would require fewer overall floor votes to get the policies approved. Debates over gun legislation tend to be lengthy, and minority Republicans typically deploy parliamentary procedures that can add hours to the time it takes to complete a vote. If the plan works the way they hope it […]

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