Lawmakers give up on major Ore. gun control bills

Lawmakers give up on major Ore. gun control bills
The Oregon State Capitol (Photo courtesy Flickr user cursedthing)

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Gun control advocates in the Oregon Legislature are abandoning bills to outlaw the sale of semi-automatic rifles and high-capacity gun magazines.

Democratic Sen. Floyd Prozanski tells the Eugene Register-Guard such measures are unlikely to pass in Oregon and would work better at the federal level.

Instead, he says, the Judiciary Committee he chairs will take up four proposals.

They would forbid holders of concealed handgun licenses to take weapons to public elementary and secondary schools; prevent them from taking their weapons into the state Capitol; expand required background checks to include gun sales between private individuals, except for "immediate family" members; and require "live-fire" training for concealed handgun licenses.

The schools measure would allow individual districts to opt out and continue to allow license holders to bring weapons.

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Information from: The Register-Guard.

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