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Mon Dec 24, 2012, 09:22 AM


Oregon bill could restrict semi-automatic rifles


While Oregon legislators were in special session Friday, members of a gun-control group circulated through the Capitol and gained 12 co-sponsors for a bill that would ban semi-automatic rifles classified as assault weapons.

All 12 lawmakers are Democrats and all but one -- Rep. Peter Buckley of Ashland -- are from Portland or its inner suburbs. Ceasefire Oregon began planning for the effort following the Clackamas Town Center shootings, but a press release from the group sent out late Friday said, "All of our work today was conducted under a shadow of shock and profound sorrow as news of the Newtown massacre began to filter in to the legislative offices"

The group said it wants to "ban the sale of military-style assault weapons ...

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