Senate OKs bill banning firearms in state public buildings

Senate OKs bill banning firearms in state public buildings

Republicans fail to derail the legislation, which includes an option for local governments to ban firearms as well, in a debate exceeding 3 hours. FILE PHOTO – The 10th Annual Gun Turn-In sponsored by Ceasefire Oregon collected hundreds of guns in 2003. All firearms would be barred from state buildings, and local governments would have the option of barring them from their own buildings, under a bill that is halfway through the Oregon Legislature. The Senate voted 16-7 on Thursday, March 25, for Senate Bill 554. It goes to the House after a debate lasting more than three hours and reflecting the national arguments about gun regulation. Majority Democrats defeated a Republican-proposed substitute that would have affirmed the constitutional right to bear arms and required a study of gun-free zones. They also rejected seven other Republican motions that would have delayed or killed the bill. The bill would bar about 300,000 holders of concealed-handgun licenses from bringing their firearms into state buildings, including the Capitol. Some places, such as state courts, already are off-limits. Cities, counties, schools and other local governments would have the option under the bill to bar firearms from their buildings, although adjacent garages and parking lots are excluded. A ban also can apply to airport terminals; the federal Transportation Security Administration oversees boarding areas and the shipment of firearms in stored luggage. Violations would be considered a Class C felony, maximum penalties for which are a $125,000 fine and five years in prison, although they […]

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