With babies in tow, a group of mothers showed up at the Oregon State Capitol in Salem this morning to urge legislators to pass a bill that puts more teeth in our gun laws.
Senate Bill 700 would require background checks for the transfer and sale of firearms between private individuals, except family members. It sits in the Senate Rules Committee as lawmakers try to hash out a compromise.
The Stroller Jam was organized by Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. The group made their way into the entrance of the legislative chambers to share their message.
"We think that the time has come for common sense background check legislation in this country. It's happened in a bunch of states, and we believe that it can happen here in Oregon," said Jennifer Lynch who leads the Portland chapter.
Opponents argue that the legislation goes after law-abiding citizens and say efforts should instead be focused on increasing mental health services.