Northwest News Network, Virginia Alvino
Hundreds of people turned out to the Oregon Capitol Friday to testify at a Senate hearing on four proposed gun control bills.
One of the measures would ban guns from school grounds, and another would ban people from openly carrying a weapon in public buildings. The third bill would require more training to get a concealed carry permit. And the last would require criminal background checks for all private gun sales in Oregon.
Both sides of the debate were well represented. Chris Cochrane testified against banning guns in schools, in part because he has a young baby at home.
“He may or may not go to public school in a few years, and part of that decision for me is based on the outcome of these bills,” Cochrane said. “I don’t want him going to a school where people aren’t allowed to defend the children.”
Supporters say the proposals are common sense ideas that will help curb gun violence. The committee could vote on the four bills as soon as Wednesday.