Democrats in Oregon's legislature are seeking a new set of gun control laws, one of which gives local governments the authority to limit concealed carry.
According to a report by Oregon Public Radio, “Legislators are also considering bills that would allow cities and counties to prohibit firearms in government buildings and increase the minimum age to own a firearm to 21.” An exception would be made for 18–20-year-olds who are buying rifles designated for hunting.
House Bill 2005 contains a third restriction that is being pushed; it would outlaw 3-D printed firearms and firearms that may be put together from a kit. Both kinds of weapons is referred to by Democrats as “ghost guns.”
According to KATU, Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum, who implied that President Biden's executive action on “ghost weapons” fell short, is supporting Democratic lawmakers' efforts.
Rosenblum said, “It doesn’t go far enough, and that is why we need this law in Oregon. For example, the new federal law does not do anything to prevent 3-D printed guns.”
Vikki Breeze-Iverson, the Republican minority leader in the Oregon House, released a statement on the Democrats' most recent attempt at gun restriction.
The statement said, in part: “We have legitimate concerns about the constitutionality of House Bill 2006, which effectively tells 18-year-old adults that they cannot engage in activities they are guaranteed a legal right to. At the age of 18 in Oregon, people are allowed to vote and serve in the military. House Bill 2006 tells Oregonians that 18 year olds are not grown up enough to make adult decisions.”
Breeze-Iverson also voiced concern over Democrats' decision to group all gun control measures into one bill. He suggested that “is another example of the majority steamrolling their extreme agenda in this 2023 Legislative Session.”
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