A push in Oregon for nation’s strongest weapons storage law

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Carol Manstrom lost her 18-year-old son when he grabbed his father’s unsecured pistol and shot himself. Paul Kemp lost his brother-in-law when a man opened fire with a stolen AR-15 style rifle at a shopping mall.

On Wednesday, Manstrom and Kemp helped deliver 2,000 signatures to Oregon’s elections office to get a measure on the 2020 ballot that would create the most comprehensive law in America requiring the safe storage of weapons. Manstrom and Kemp believe their loved ones would be alive today if such a law had been enacted and followed.

Three state lawmakers also vowed to push for passage of a bill in the 2020 legislative session that would do the same. The ballot measure would be a second effort if the bill fails in the Legislature.