Oregon Democrats pursue gun safety measures

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Gun owners would be required to keep their guns safely locked away when not in use under a measure making its way through the Oregon legislature.

It’s a response to the 2012 Clackamas Town Center Shooting, when a 22-year-old masked man opened fire on a crowded shopping mall using a firearm stolen from a friend’s apartment. Proponents say gun owners should be held responsible if their weapons are unsafely stored and then used to commit a crime.

Democrats are also considering other gun restrictions, including a proposal to allow retailers to set minimum age requirements for purchasing firearms.

Gun owners slammed the proposals during hearings on Tuesday, saying easy access to guns is essential for self-defense and that the restrictions go against their Second Amendment rights.