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Hales Pushes For Action On Gun Violence

OPB | Jan. 14, 2013 2:15 p.m. | Updated: Jan. 15, 2013 9:38 a.m. | Portland

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Portland Mayor Charlie Hales called on the President, Congress and Oregon legislators to take action against gun violence.

It’s been a month since the Sandy Hook shooting;  the attack at Clackamas Town Center happened a few days before that.

Now, Hales says he’s joined the Mayors Against Illegal Guns coalition. He says he’d like to see criminal background checks for all gun sales; a ban on military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines; and an effort to make gun trafficking a federal crime.

“Every potential common sense step that we can take in a country that has a Second Amendment, and that has a lot of guns already in circulation, ought to be considered.  I’m not coming to you with a formula for how we can solve that problem. But I am coming to you with a passionate concern for it and I don’t believe we are without options here,” Hales said.

Portland Police Chief Mike Reese said common sense measures can be taken to reduce gun violence.

Kevin Starrett of the Oregon Firearms Federation says Hales and other politicians are ignorant of gun laws already in place and says he’ll fight additional legislation.

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