Oregon takes up gun control bills


SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A National Rifle Association representative and relatives of two people killed in a December mall shooting spree were among those participating in a gun control debate Friday before an Oregon Senate committee.

Oregon's Legislature is considering bills that would impose new gun restrictions, but don't go as far as some lawmakers had hoped.

The Senate Judiciary Committee heard four hours of public testimony on a package of four bills that would expand background checks and add new restrictions on carrying firearms.

The daughter of a woman shot dead at a suburban Portland shopping mall wants lawmakers to adopt the legislation and add additional measures, such as requiring that guns be kept locked up. Jenna Passalacqua says the gun used Dec. 11 inside the Clackamas Town Center was stolen.

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