Oregon Democrats pursue gun safety measures

Oregon Democrats pursue gun safety measures

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Oregon Capitol (file photo) SALEM, Ore. (AP) – Gun owners would be required to keep their guns safely locked away when not in use under a measure making its way through the Oregon Legislature. It’s a response to the 2012 Clackamas Town Center Shooting, when a 22-year-old masked man opened fire on a crowded shopping mall using a firearm stolen from a friend’s apartment. Proponents say gun owners should be held responsible if their weapons are unsafely stored and then used to commit a crime. Democrats are also considering other gun restrictions, including a proposal to allow retailers to set minimum age requirements for purchasing firearms. Gun owners slammed the proposals during hearings on Tuesday, saying easy access to guns is essential for self-defense and that the restrictions go against their Second Amendment rights. — Gov. Kate Brown news release: Testimony supports HB 2013 and SB 978 (Salem, OR) — Governor Kate Brown today called for strengthening Oregon’s commonsense firearms legislation, urging the legislature to pass two bills that work to keep firearms out of the hands of children and domestic abusers. "Gun violence tears apart our communities, devastating families and households throughout Oregon. We all know that while mass shootings make headlines, it is all too common that gun violence occurs behind closed doors," said Governor Brown. "Every session, I am proud that we are able to make progress to ensure that every Oregonian can be safe from gun violence. We have accomplished a lot, but we have […]

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