Portland Mayor Sam Adams is proposing five new laws (PDF) aimed at curbing gun violence by keeping firearms out of the hands of criminals and minors. The proposals come on the heels of a violent August, when at least nine gang-related shootings were reported in a three-day period. Some advocacy organizations, like Ceasefire Oregon, applaud the Mayor’s efforts. But others, like the Oregon Firearms Federation, claim the laws would negatively impact responsible gun owners and fail to address the root causes of gun violence.
What do you think of Mayor Adams’ proposals? What are the gun laws in your community? What do you believe can lower gun-related deaths and injuries? Do you legally own a gun? Would these laws affect you? Have you been involved in a gang? Would these laws affect gang violence?
- Sam Adams: Mayor of Portland
- Kevin Starrett: President of the Oregon Firearms Federation
- Penny Okamato: Executive director for Ceasefire Oregon
- Mark McKechnie: Executive director of the Juvenile Rights Project