Proponents, opponents pack hearing room for Oregon gun safety bill

Proponents, opponents pack hearing room for Oregon gun safety bill

SALEM, OR (KPTV) – It was a full house inside a State Capitol hearing room on Friday. Dozens of people made their voices heard on HB 4005, which would create gun storage requirements and make gun owners liable for harm done with a firearm that was not properly stored under the law. "Gun violence in the United States is a public health crisis," Rep. Janeen Sollman said in her opening statements to the House Judiciary Committee. Sollman, one of the chief sponsors of HB 4005 along with representatives Rachel Prusak and Alissa Keny-Guyer, said she believes the gun safety bill could help save lives, comparing it to Oregon’s seat belt law. As it is currently drafted, the bill would require gun owners to secure firearms that are not in use with a trigger or cable lock, as well as inside a secure container or room "except in specified circumstances." The bill also says anybody who does not lock a firearm properly is strictly liable for injuries or harm to a person or property committed with that firearm within two years after the violation, even if the firearm was stolen. There are exceptions to this stipulation, including if the firearm owner reports the loss or theft of the firearm within 72 hours "of the time a person knew or reasonably should have known of loss or theft." Opponents believe these restrictions would equate to time lost in a life-threatening situation. "Seconds count when danger is present," Elaine Woods testified. "To […]

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