Public hearing held on Oregon gun control bill

Public hearing held on Oregon gun control bill

Gun Rights

SALEM, Ore. — A controversial gun control bill had its first public hearing in Salem on Tuesday. Senate Bill 978 would make changes to current regulations, like requiring safe gun storage and holding a gun owner liable if their gun is used in a crime. It would also allow retailers to raise the minimum age to purchase a firearm. It’s a response to the 2012 Clackamas Town Center shooting, when a 22-year-old masked man stole an assault-style weapon from a friend’s apartment and went on a shooting rampage at a crowded shopping mall outside Portland, killing two before turning the gun on himself. Paul Kemp, brother-in-law of one of the victims, testified in favor of stricter gun laws, saying he was frustrated that the original gun owner could not be held responsible for allowing his weapon to fall into the wrong hands. "There have to be consequences for those reckless and careless gun owners when it leads to the injury and death of others," he said. The proposal would also tighten regulations around 3-D-printed guns and other untraceable firearms, requiring that those who build these weapons to pass a background check. It would also allow retailers to set a minimum purchasing age of firearms and other accessories to 18, 19, 20 or 21. Walmart, Dick’s Sporting Goods and other major retailers have raised the minimum purchasing age to 21 and have been slapped with age discrimination lawsuits in response. A separate measure would also tighten an existing law banning […]

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