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Gun control bills up for debate in Oregon's 2019 legislative session

This is one of several gun bills submitted by lawmakers ahead of the 2019 legislature which starts back up on January 22nd.

Posted: Jan. 15, 2019 5:23 PM
Updated: Jan. 15, 2019 5:27 PM

JUNCTION CITY, Ore. -- With some lawmakers looking to toughen up gun laws, there could be changes on the way for people who own guns in Oregon.

A new bill set to appear in the legislature this year would require Oregonians to get a permit before buying a gun and limit the amount of ammunition a person can buy. The bill would also outlaw magazines that hold more than five rounds, and it would create gun locking and storage requirements.

KEZI 9 News spoke with Adam Bryce, the owner of GunRunner Arms. He said the proposed changes are excessive, especially when it comes to the proposed permit.

"Getting a permit to purchase a firearm is just adding another layer of bureaucracy, a way to charge us a little bit more money and make the law-abiding citizen more difficult to buy a firearm,” Bryce said. “It's not necessary. We already go through a full federal background check. You cannot buy a firearm in the state of Oregon without passing a background check."

The bill comes from a group called "Students for Change" and was submitted by some Democratic lawmakers. Lake Oswego teens formed the group last year after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in south Florida.

The gun control bill is one of several that have been submitted by lawmakers ahead of the 2019 legislative session, which starts Jan. 22.

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