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Kitzhaber Calls for Expanding Gun Sale background Checks

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SALEM, Ore. –Governor John Kitzhaber is calling for expanding gun sale background checks and for new restrictions on carrying guns in elementary and secondary schools. 

The Senate Judiciary Committee Friday began hearings on a package of four gun bills. The hearing drew more than 100 speakers. 

Gun control advocates had hoped for stronger measures than the bills the legislature is currently debating. 

A ban on military-assault rifles and a proposed ban on high-capacity ammo magazines were unable to gain traction amid opposition from gun-rights advocates.

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