Gun legislation stalls in Salem

The Associated Press /


Published May 8, 2013 at 05:00AM / Updated Nov 19, 2013 at 12:31AM

SALEM — Four gun control bills have hit a wall in the Oregon Legislature.

Senate President Peter Courtney says the bills won’t get votes on the Senate floor because there isn’t enough support for them to pass. Courtney says he’ll appoint a group of lawmakers to try and come up with a bipartisan compromise.

The measures would have expanded background check requirements, allowed school districts to ban guns and required live-fire training to obtain a concealed handgun license. Only concealed weapons would have been allowed in public buildings.

Courtney, D-Salem, says he’s particularly interested in finding a bipartisan compromise on background checks. Courtney has not said which legislators will work on a compromise.

Federal legislation requiring background checks for advertised sales, including at gun shows and on the Internet, is also stalled. The National Rifle Association has rallied opposition to any expansion of background checks and gun restrictions in general.

As time passes since the December slayings of 20 first-graders and six educators at a Newtown, Conn., elementary school, gun control supporters say they won’t let public and congressional fervor fade. They’re launching fresh activities, such as a “Mother’s Day Week of Action” by the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and other groups, aimed at convincing lawmakers that continued opposition would be politically perilous.