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
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