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Fri Apr 5, 2013, 10:07 PM


Oregon gun bills remain on track after marathon hearing in Legislature

A package of four gun bills drafted after the Sandy Hook and Clackamas shootings stayed on track Friday following a marathon hearing that pitted Gov. John Kitzhaber and several victims of gun violence against a National Rifle Association lobbyist and several impassioned gun-rights activists.

After the four-hour hearing, Senate Judiciary Chairman Floyd Prozanski, D-Eugene, said he intends to proceed with the four bills, which he called "common-sense legislation regarding gun safety."

The Oregon measures would expand background checks to cover private gun transfers (Senate Bill 700), allow school districts to ban concealed handgun licensees from carrying their firearms on school grounds (Senate Bill 347), and prohibit licensees from openly carrying weapons in public buildings (Senate Bill 699). The fourth measure, (Senate Bill 796) would require applicants for concealed handgun licenses to pass a firing range test.


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