PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Multnomah County commissioners have unanimously passed an ordinance that puts tougher restrictions on gun use.
The ordinance was approved by a 5-0 vote Thursday. It takes effect in 30 days.
The new law bans possession of a loaded firearm in public, makes it illegal to fire a gun within county limits and requires owners to report the theft of a firearm within 48 hours of knowing it was stolen.
It requires owners to take measures to prevent access to their firearms by children. It also extends curfew hours for minors who have been found to have “possessed, purchased, used, transferred or transported a firearm unlawfully.”
Critics had argued that the ordinance would negatively affect rural residents, who they claimed may often carry loaded guns with them out of necessity.
According to the ordinance, in 2012 firearms were used in 891 incidents that were reported to law enforcement agencies in Multnomah County. Furthermore, firearms were used in 45% of homicides committed in Portland that same year. Over 1,200 firearms were reported stolen in Portland in 2011 and 2012 combined, the ordinance read.
The ordinance was co-sponsored by Commissioner Deborah Kafoury and County Chair Jeff Cogen.