Oregon laws proposed to require safe gun storage, limit age for gun purchases

Oregon laws proposed to require safe gun storage, limit age for gun purchases

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Hundreds showed up for legislative committee hearings in Salem Tuesday on proposals for gun storage and security and other gun issues. Visitors to the Capitol watch testimony on gun control legislation on televisions in the lobby Tuesday. (Claire Withycombe/EO Media Group) SALEM — When state Rep. Rachel Prusak was 16, she was dating a boy who she says became controlling and aggressive. Her parents helped her get a restraining order against him — but then he showed up at her house with a gun. He flashed it at her, and demanded that she go on a walk with him. She agreed, placated him and he let her go. He was then arrested for violating the restraining order, but it wasn’t the only time he would get arrested for that, she told the House Judiciary Committee in testimony Tuesday. Even when she moved out of town, he would show up at her parents’ house. “I truly felt like my life was at constant risk,” Prusak, a freshman Democrat representing Tualatin and West Linn. Prusak was one of dozens of Oregonians who brought personal experiences with guns to the Capitol Tuesday, where lawmakers heard testimony on proposed gun regulations. Prusak supported House Bill 2013, which would tighten a 2018 state law restricting domestic abusers from possessing guns. That was the first Oregon gun control law passed in the wake of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, in 2018. Oregon activists tried to get more gun […]

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