Panel combines gun storage, narrower ban in public places

Panel combines gun storage, narrower ban in public places

House changes still supported by advocates of regulation but opposed by firearms rights groups COURTESY PHOTO: DREAMSTIME – Oregon lawmakers have amended a controversial gun storage bill in hopes of gathering support. A bill that combines storage requirements for firearms with a narrower ban on guns in some public places is headed for a vote of the Oregon House. The House Rules Committee, on a party-line vote Friday, April 23, approved a revamped version of Senate Bill 554 and sent it to the full House. All four Democrats voted for it; all three Republicans against it. The changes appear to have had no effect on group support or opposition to the bill, which the committee heard testimony on April 21 and 22. Advocates of firearms regulation still support it; advocates of gun rights still oppose it. ocb Part of the revamped bill proposes requirements for firearms locks and storage already incorporated into House Bill 2510, which cleared the House Health Care Committee on a party-line vote on March 30 and was awaiting a House vote. Though still on the House agenda for April 26, House Bill 2510 is likely to be shelved. If the full House approves the new combination bill, it returns to the Senate, which can vote to accept the changes — and send it to Gov. Kate Brown — or reject it and force a joint panel to negotiate the differences. Under the revamped bill, guns must have trigger or cable locks, be stored in a […]

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