Gun control advocates rally in Salem

Dozens of anti-gun proponents held a demonstration on the steps of the Oregon State Capitol Thursday afternoon on the eve of state Legislature hearings on four proposed gun control measures. April 4, 2013. KOIN 6 News staff
Dozens of anti-gun proponents held a demonstration on the steps of the Oregon State Capitol Thursday afternoon on the eve of state Legislature hearings on four proposed gun control measures. April 4, 2013. KOIN 6 News staff

SALEM, Ore. — Dozens of anti-gun proponents held a demonstration on the steps of the Oregon State Capitol Thursday afternoon on the eve of state Legislature hearings on four proposed gun control measures.

The Day of Action rally, organized  by the Oregon Alliance To Prevent Gun Violence, featured speeches by two witnesses to the Clackamas Town Center shooting, along with Reverend Bill Sinkford, a minister at the First Unitarian Church in Portland, and Vaune Albanese, executive director of Friendly House.

Senate bills 347, 699, 700 and 796 will go before the Senate Judiciary Committee Friday.

SB 347 would ban guns on school property. However, on a case by case basis, school districts would be able to opt out of the ban.

SB 699 would prohibit possession of firearms in public buildings.

SB 700 would require a universal criminal background check for private party firearm sales, except between family members.

SB 796 would require a person to pass a firing range test before obtaining a concealed-handgun license.
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