Oregon Gun Storage Law Would Be Among the Toughest in the US

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A proposed gun storage law that would be among the toughest in the U.S. is headed for a vote Monday in the Oregon Legislature, with backers saying it will save lives and opponents contending it could lead to deaths. Hundreds of people have testified about the measure, mostly in writing because there wasn’t enough time to take all the oral testimony. Among them was Paul Kemp, whose brother-in-law Steve Forsyth was killed with a stolen gun in a mass shooting at a Portland-area shopping mall in 2012. “I will never forget the screams I heard when we had to tell my teenage nephew that his father had been killed at the mall,” Kemp said. But opponents say forcing people to keep guns locked up could waste precious moments if they need to defend themselves against armed intruders. Jim Mischel, of Sheridan, Oregon, described how his wife woke up when he was away one night in 1981. She heard a noise, went to investigate and saw that a man had broken into their home. She returned to the bedroom and tried to get to a pistol that was in a locked gun box in the nightstand. “She was unable to get the box unlocked and the pistol out before he got into the bedroom and threatened her with his gun,” Mischel said. “She has never recovered.” The debate in Oregon over guns mirrors similar discussions being held nationwide, with little movement on gun control even as […]

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