Vote delayed on Oregon gun storage bill, would be among toughest laws in the US

Vote delayed on Oregon gun storage bill, would be among toughest laws in the US

Sunny and warm this week, but changes are on the way (Update: Vote pushed back a week) SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A proposed gun storage law that would be among the toughest in the U.S. is headed for a vote in the Oregon House. Backers say it will save lives, but opponents say it could lead to more deaths. Hundreds of people have testified about House Bill 2510 , mostly in writing because there wasn’t enough time to take all the oral testimony. A on the bill, initially scheduled for Monday, was pushed back by a week to enable Democratic representatives to work with the Senate “to guarantee the bill is on track to pass and be enacted,” said Hannah Kurowski, spokeswoman for the majority House Democrats. Among those submitting testimony was Paul Kemp, whose brother-in-law Steve Forsyth was killed with a stolen gun in a mass shooting at a Portland-area shopping mall in 2012. “I will never forget the screams I heard when we had to tell my teenage nephew that his father had been killed at the mall,” Kemp said. But opponents say forcing people to keep guns locked up could waste precious moments if they need to defend themselves against armed intruders. Jim Mischel, of Sheridan, Oregon, described how his wife woke up when he was away one night in 1981. She heard a noise, went to investigate and saw that a man had broken into their home. She returned to the bedroom and tried to […]

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