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Oregon Lawmakers Schedule Vote On Firearms Lock-up Bill

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The Oregon House is set to vote Monday on a bill that would require gun owners to keep their weapons locked up when not in use.

  

House Bill 2510 would require guns be secured when they’re not being carried or otherwise under   

their owner’s immediate control. This could be done by keeping the gun in a locked container, or by using a trigger lock. 

  

The goal of the bill is to limit the ability of children to access weapons. It’s also meant to make it harder for a person with suicidal thoughts to get a gun, as well as reduce gun thefts. If a gun is stolen, the bill would require its owner to notify police within 72 hours. 

Opponents have said the bill would make it harder for lawful gun owners to access their weapons in an emergency. If the measure passes the House, it would next go to the Oregon Senate.

 

Chris Lehman has been reporting on Oregon issues since 2006. He joined the KLCC news department in December, 2018. Chris was born and raised in Pennsylvania, and graduated from Temple University with a degree in journalism. His public broadcasting career includes stops in Louisiana and Illinois. Chris has filed for national programs including “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered.”
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