Sunday, October 24, 2021

Oregon bans firearms at Capitol, requires firearms at home

Bringing a gun to the Oregon State Capitol was made illegal by a bill signed June 1 by Democratic Gov. Kate Brown.

The law was previously passed in the legislature with Democrats in favor and minority Republicans in opposition.

The bill also requires that weapons be stored at home in a container with a trigger or cable lock, unless there are ‘specified circumstances’.

‘Today I sign up SB 554 hoping we can take another step forward in helping more Oregon families save from the grief of losing a loved one to violence, ‘Brown said on Twitter.

The bill is named after Steve Forsyth and Cindy Yuille, who died in 2012 in Portland when a man took AR-15 from his friend.

The law will take effect in three months and will effectively change the previous legislation that allows the hidden handgun in the Oregon capital.

According to The Associated Press, some opponents of the bill said closing guns put people in need of self-defense at risk because of the delay in access.

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Jim Mischel of Oregon submitted written testimony in which he told that his wife could not reach her gun as it was locked in a box before an intruder threatened her with a firearm.

He said that ‘she never recovered’.

In addition, an interfaith movement intends to sign the staff of Oregon’s Secretary of State to add two keynote speeches to the vote.

One of the petitions, IP 18, aims to ban ‘assault-style’ firearms, and IP 17 wants to ban large-scale magazine sales, requiring individuals to grant a permit and a full background check before buy a gun.

Gun sales increased significantly last year and in January amid riots in Portland and the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, more than 516,696 background checks were conducted in the state by 2020.

This is a jump from the 357,700 background tests in 2019 and 359,682 background checks in the state in 2018.

Zachary Stieber and The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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