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Wyden Looks To Bolster Gun Background Checks And Storage Safety

Bo Harvey

Gun safety and background checks are high on Oregon Senator Ron Wyden’s agenda, as he kicks off another series of virtual town halls today.

The Oregon Democrat is a co-sponsor of Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy’s “Background Check Expansion Act”, introduced earlier this month.

“That would make sure that 25% of current gun sales that are now conducted without any background checks would get those," Wyden told KLCC.

"And then I strongly support safe gun storage; close to 20% of all gun injuries in our nation occur because of the high rate of improperly stored guns in homes.”

Wyden has also introduced legislation to close a loophole allowing gun sales if a background check isn’t done in 72 hours, even if the buyer is prohibited from purchasing a gun.

Wyden's virtual town hall schedule:

·           Clackamas County, Noon, Monday, March 29 link to watch

·           Linn County, 3 pm, Thursday, April 1 link to watch

·           Lincoln County, 10:30 am, Friday, April 2 link to watch

·           Tillamook County, 3 pm, Friday, April 2 link to watch

·           Hood River County, 12:30 pm, Saturday, April 3 link to watch

·           Jefferson County, 10:30 am, Monday, April 5 link to watch

·           Deschutes County, 5:30 pm, Monday, April 5 link to watch

·           Klamath and Lake counties, 2 pm, Tuesday, April 6 link to watch

·           Josephine County, 1 pm, Wednesday, April 7 link to watch

·           Polk County, 2 pm, Thursday, April 8 link to watch


Wyden's press office says for those Oregonians in those counties wishing to submit questions for the senator, to use this link.

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Brian Bull joined the KLCC News Team in June 2016. In his 25+ years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (19 regional), the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.
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