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The crowd at a Tuesday public hearing was large enough that two additional hearing rooms were opened, where activists watched a live stream of the hearing while waiting for a chance to testify.
A newly formed nonprofit released results of an Oregon poll examining parent and teacher attitudes on gun violence on Thursday. In the poll, 76 percent of parents and 79 percent of teachers said requiring safe gun storage would be the most effective policy to minimize gun violence in schools.
The nonprofit, State of Safety, is led by executive director Henry Wessinger, who pushed a failed ballot initiative earlier this year that would have required firearms to be locked during storage and transfer.
Two Oregon groups failed earlier this year to land gun safety measures on November’s ballot. Now, one of them has a new plan.
In what’s being pitched as a game-changing force, a proposed nonprofit calling itself State of Safety said it’s ready to lead conversations about gun safety in Oregon — and how the state might prevent gun deaths going forward.
Yet another group seeking tougher gun laws in Oregon is coming forward with a proposed measure for the November ballot.
Oregon Initiative Seeks Assault Weapons Ban
Supporters on Monday filed an initiative that would require gun owners in Oregon keep their weapons locked up when not in use. Gun owners could also face greater legal liability if they did not secure their weapons and they were used to injure or kill someone.