Gun Bills Draw Emotional Testimony At Oregon Capitol

By Chris Lehman

SALEM, Ore. – Four gun bills could come up for a vote as soon as next week after an emotional four hour hearing at the state capitol in Salem Friday. Oregon lawmakers heard from dozens of people on both sides of the gun debate.

The four bills wouldn't ban any types of guns or ammunition. Instead, the measures would require more criminal background checks for gun buyers, require more training for people who want a concealed carry permit, and ban guns from school grounds. Supporters, like Jenna Passalacqua, called them a step in the right direction. Her mother, Cindy Yuille, was killed during last December's shooting at the Clackamas Town Center mall.

Jenna Passalacqua: "None of these bills would have stopped the shooter that killed my mother at Clackamas Town Center. Still, it is an important action for this legislature to demonstrate that they are serious about making our communities safer."

But opponents said the measures would do little more than make it harder for law abiding citizens to defend themselves. Security was tight at the capitol for the hearing. So many people came, they filled up the hearing room and three overflow rooms.

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