SALEM, Ore. (AP) – The Oregon Senate has passed a bill that would mandate safe storage of guns and ban them from the state Capitol.
Republican lawmakers strenuously objected, saying they and others will be deprived of the ability to defend themselves.
The bill is named after two people who were slain in a shooting at a Portland-area shopping mall in 2012, passed the House last week and goes to Gov. Kate Brown for signing.
It aims to prevent accidental shootings by children, suicides and mass shootings.
Opponents said a delay in accessing a firearm for self-defense could cost lives.