Secure storage gun bill has chance of passing, lawmakers say

Secure storage gun bill has chance of passing, lawmakers say

Black handgun in plastic Secure Storage Case Bills in the Legislature this session would require Oregonians to lock up their guns when not in use and allow cities, counties and schools to restrict where people can take their guns. Lawmakers and advocates have tried at least three times to enact what is the most contentious of three gun control proposals now before lawmakers: that owners store their guns securely or face substantial penalties. But supporters appear bullish that this is the year it will happen. “Kids are dying,” said Hillsboro Democrat Janeen Sollman , one of House Bill 4005 ’s main sponsors. “And we need to make sure we’re putting public peace, health and safety above all.” Sollman said 22 representatives have signed on as sponsors, as have six senators. Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum supports the bill, too. It softens some of the tougher aspects of previous bills — it calls for fines not criminal charges for violations and gives gun owners more time to tell police if their guns have gone missing. The bill is sufficiently moderate, Sollman said, that one of Oregon’s particularly vocal gun control groups doesn’t support it, while at the same time it’s sufficiently strong that Oregon gun rights groups are against it. “I feel like we’re in a very good place,” said co-sponsor Rep. Rachel Prusak , D-West Linn, touting the fact that neither the Oregon Firearms Federation nor Ceasefire Oregon support the bill. “To me, that’s saying we have good policy.” Even […]

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