Oregon lawmakers debate multiple gun bills

Oregon lawmakers debate multiple gun bills

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SALEM, Ore. (AP) — For the Oregon Legislature, it’s not a question of whether any firearms legislation will pass this session. It’s really a question about what will pass. Gov. Kate Brown has made firearms legislation a priority. Democratic leadership, in the majority, is backing her up. Recommended Video Speed Normal Quality Auto Quality Speed 0.25 0.50 0.75 Normal 1.25 1.50 1.75 00:00 00:00 Lawmakers also have ideas of their own. So do high school students from Lake Oswego. The debate runs along a well-worn path for legislators in Oregon and statehouses across the nation in recent years. The nation’s wave of mass shootings has heightened public awareness of the consequences of firearms, particularly high-powered rifles, falling into the wrong hands. The proposals — like mandatory gun locks, defining assault rifles and limiting ammunition purchases — draw criticism from Oregonians seeking to protect their way of life and fearful that legislation will have unintended consequences that go beyond preventing tragedies. The debate will extend well beyond one idea or bill. There are a slew of bills, some with a broader impact than others. Oregonians could face limits in the size of magazines and how many rounds of ammunition they can purchase. "We need to see which ones have the most support before we, I think, make a decision on which ones can move," said Speaker Tina Kotek, D-Portland. "I think the safe storage bills have a lot of momentum." Kotek and lawmakers supporting the move say it’s needed to […]

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