Oregon House approves gun bill after lengthy debate

Oregon House approves gun bill after lengthy debate

The Oregon House voted to approve a bill that would regulate how gun owners store their weapons. A bill that combines this session’s two leading gun control proposals —to require guns be safely locked away and allow schools and other sensitive public buildings to ban guns—passed the House Thursday after a two-and-a-half hour debate. Supporters and opponents of Senate Bill 554 made lengthy, sometimes emotional arguments. In the end, the measure was approved 34-24, with three Democrats joining all Republicans in voting no. Because the House amended the bill after it passed the Senate, it now returns to that chamber for another vote. The 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 bill would also allow schools, colleges, the state Capitol, and the Portland airport to ban weapons, even those carried by people with a concealed handgun license. An earlier version of the bill would have potentially extended that policy to all government buildings. “This bill aims to prevent future tragedy, not to curb our liberties,” said Rep. Rachel Prusak , D-West Linn, in response to Republican arguments that the measure would infringe upon their constitutional right to bear arms. But GOP lawmakers who spoke up, many from rural areas, said they feared the law would make it harder for their […]

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