gun safety

A day after the U.S. Senate voted down attempts to expand background checks for gun sales, a similar measure is moving ahead in the Oregon Senate. It was one of four bills to toughen state gun laws that advanced on a party line vote Thursday.

Here's what the Oregon bills would do:

Hundreds of people turned out to the Oregon Capitol Friday to testify at a Senate hearing on four proposed gun control bills.

One of the measures would ban guns from school grounds, and another would ban people from openly carrying a weapon in public buildings. The third bill would require more training to get a concealed carry permit. And the last would require criminal background checks for all private gun sales in Oregon.

Both sides of the debate were well represented.

SALEM, Ore. – Oregon lawmakers will hear hours of testimony Friday on a slate of bills aimed at curbing gun violence. Supporters of stricter gun laws rallied at the capitol Thursday in advance of the hearing.

Gina Saracco was shopping for Christmas gifts at the Clackamas Town Center mall last December when shots rang out. A gunman killed two people and wounded another before killing himself. Saracco told ralliers that her fear turned to anger when days later 26 people were murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.

SALEM, Ore. – Gun legislation is gaining momentum at the Oregon capitol. A Senate panel has scheduled a marathon hearing on a slate of measures that would require more background checks and limit where people could carry guns. The hearing is set for next Friday, April 5.

Gun Control Advocates Regroup After Failed Bill

Mar 15, 2013

Gun control advocates are regrouping this week. They’re looking at their options, now that a bill to broaden background checks for gun sales failed in the Washington legislature. They want to seize a moment when they believe public sentiment is on their side. KUOW’s Amy Radil reports.

OLYMPIA, Wash. – A controversial proposal to require criminal background checks for most gun purchases appears to have died in the Washington House. That announcement came Tuesday night after two days of efforts to wrangle enough votes to pass the measure.

The Washington House is expected to vote later Monday on a proposal to require background checks for all gun sales. Governor Jay Inslee has enlisted the help of former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords to help muster the votes for the controversial measure. Giffords was shot in the head in Arizona in 2011. Inslee, a Democrat, told reporters he spoke with Giffords Monday morning.

Photo courtesy Washington Legislature

The fate of a universal background check measure in the Washington state House could be decided this week. Wednesday is a key cut-off deadline. Recently the gun control measure lost a pivotal “yes” vote. Olympia Correspondent Austin Jenkins explains.

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Efforts to get gun rights leaders in Washington to support -- or at least not oppose -- universal background checks appear to have hit a stumbling block. At issue is a state database that tracks pistol sales. Second Amendment advocates want it shut down, but the state’s sheriffs and police chiefs say it’s a vital law enforcement tool.

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Gun control advocates in Washington are banding together to turn up the heat on state lawmakers. In the coming days, they plan to announce the formation of a new grassroots lobbying coalition. Their first target is passage of universal background check legislation.

The Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility has seed money from Seattle venture capitalist Nick Hanauer. Other founders are Seattle city councilwoman Sally Bagshaw, former council member Tina Podlodowski and Seattle writer and activist Eric Liu.

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