Multnomah County Moves Forward With Gun-Control Measures

Multnomah County Moves Forward With Gun-Control Measures

Oregon Public Broadcasting

Multnomah County Commissioners voted unanimously Thursday to move forward with a series of gun-control measures.

The proposed ordinance would make it illegal to fire a gun within the county; a crime not to report a stolen gun; and make it illegal to allow a child to possess a gun without the owner's permission. It would also ban the possession of a loaded gun in public and set a curfew for minors.

Exemptions are included for hunters, some government employees and people with concealed weapons licenses.

But Commissioner Deborah Kafoury says it goes as far as possible, without running afoul of state preemptions.

She said, "I'm very proud of what we're doing today. I think is small and incremental steps that are going to save people's lives."

An Oregon Senate committee has also approved four gun-control bills to expand background checks and restrict carrying. The county ordinance was written to follow state changes. Commissioners will take their final vote on it next week.

This story originally appeared on Oregon Public Broadcasting.

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