Oregon Senate passes bill banning guns from Capitol, other state buildings

The bill passed, 16-7, and will now move to the House.

Posted: Mar 26, 2021 7:33 AM

SALEM, Ore. -- The Oregon Senate has voted in favor of a contentious bill that would ban guns from the Capitol and other state buildings, as well as allow jurisdictions to decide whether people with concealed handgun licenses can bring guns into a public building.

Despite four hours of discussion and overwhelming opposition by gun owners and Republicans, the bill passed, 16-7, in the Senate on Thursday and will now move to the House. 

Republicans in the House will likely echo the remarks of those in the Senate, where tensions have risen as the Legislature debates several-gun control measures introduced this year.

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