Oregon lawmakers face threats and backlash over gun bills

Oregon lawmakers face threats and backlash over gun bills

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Ahead of the Oregon Legislature’s final vote on two controversial gun bills, lawmakers from both parties are receiving threats, letters of intimidation and recall petitions. The measures would enact among the strictest gun storage laws in the country and ban firearms from the state Capitol building. While lawmakers say it is not uncommon for Democrats to receive threats for supporting and sponsoring gun bills, this session some Republicans are seeing a backlash for just showing up to work. In March, six Republican Oregon senators did not participate in a walkout with fellow GOP lawmakers that would have denied quorum the day a gun bill was being voted on. As a result, senators that attended the floor session have received threats. In March, the state Senate voted in favor of Senate Bill 554, which would ban guns from the Capitol and other state buildings and allow local jurisdictions to decide whether people with a concealed handgun license can bring guns into public buildings. During the floor session, the seats of five Republican senators were empty. Walkouts have become an increasingly common tactic by the minority party to prevent a vote from taking place, by denying quorum. But unlike past walkouts, a majority of the Republicans — six — attended the floor session, all of whom voted against the bill and filed multiple motions on the floor for more than six hours. One email to the lawmakers wished that they would “become victims of criminals who use […]

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