Oregon Lawmakers Send Bill to Governor’s Desk That Bans Guns at the State Capitol

Oregon Lawmakers Send Bill to Governor’s Desk That Bans Guns at the State Capitol

Oregon’s safe gun storage bill is now on Democratic Governor Kate Brown’s desk and would ban all firearms from the Capitol following armed protesters who stormed the building in December. A protester carries a banner of a far-right group, Proud Boys, that has brawled with Black Lives Matter protesters while other members start to unfurl a large U.S. flag in front of the Oregon State Capitol in Salem on Sept. 7, 2020. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky) (CN) — Oregon lawmakers on Wednesday approved a gun storage bill that would ban all firearms from the state Capitol and require gun owners to safely store and lock their firearms at home. The bill goes to Governor Kate Brown’s desk for signing. The Oregon Senate approved the bill in a 17-7 vote. Republican lawmakers rallied against the gun regulation bill while Democrats argued the bill would impact only a portion of gun owners who do not already own measures to lock up and store their firearms. Democratic state Senator Floyd Prozanski said the bill takes the lead from a 2008 landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision that ruled Americans have the right to bear arms under the Second Amendment, but lawmakers can regulate that right. “The bottom line is that we have a bill that does in fact address certain areas that we feel as a state need to be regulated,” said Prozanski, who was a bill sponsor and said he is a gun owner himself. Democratic state Senator Ginny Burdick said the bill […]

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