Two Republican lawmakers who launched a referendum petition against Senate Bill 554 told OPB on Friday they had not collected the 74,680 signatures necessary to put the law before voters in next year’s general election. Those signatures are due by 5 p.m.
Senate Bill 554 requires gun owners to securely store their weapons when not in use, and will ban possession of guns in the state Capitol and Portland International Airport. It paves the way for public schools and universities to enact their own bans.
Emboldened by their majorities in the House and Senate, Democrats are making a new push to enact the first major new gun control laws in more than two decades and they're starting with stricter background checks.