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Supporters of gun storage bill hold rally in Salem

(Update: Adding video, comments from co-founder of Gun Owners for Responsible Ownership)

SALEM, Or. (KTVZ) -- The group Oregon Moms Demand Action and student supporters rallied at the Capitol Wednesday, urging lawmakers to pass House Bill 4005, legislation that would require firearms to be stored securely.

In Oregon, there is currently no requirement for gun owners to secure their firearms. HB 4005 would require gun owners to store and lock away all firearms when they are not in use.

NewsChannel 21 spoke with a rally participant in Salem by FaceTime to hear why she feels strongly about passing legislation for gun storage.

Hilary Uhlig, a volunteer leader with Oregon Moms Demand Action, said she joined the organization because her children experienced lockdowns at their schools. She hopes stronger firearm regulations, including HB 4005, would prevent other families from going through the same situation.

"If we can ensure that there is a standard of safety for people to secure their firearms when they're unattended, then we know that it will save lives," Uhlig said Wednesday.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the rate of gun deaths in Oregon increased 24% from 2008 to 2017. Moms Demand Action and other supporters of the proposed legislation say requiring secure gun storage would prevent the rise of gun deaths. 

"We really think that secure storage is a common sense simple thing that responsible gun owners can do to make sure that we are all safer," Uhlig said.

NewsChannel 21 also spoke with Paul Kemp, one of the co-founders of Gun Owners for Responsible Ownership. Kemp lost his brother-in-law in the Clackamas Town Center shooting in 2012.

Kemp said he supports the legislation because he hopes it will keep firearms, like those meant for hunting and self-defense, from getting into the hands of the wrong people.

"Ultimately, the goal is to change the behavior of the gun owners who are irresponsible and not securing their firearms safely," Kemp said. "Or if they fail to report a theft or a loss that could lead to recovery of the firearm before it’s used to hurt someone, or for someone to take their own life with."

To read the full details of HB 4005, visit the Oregon Legislature website.

The measure is scheduled for a hearing Friday afternoon before the House Judiciary Committee. 

The Oregon Firearms Federation, which opposes the bill, claims the storage requirement “will devastate youth shooting programs and prevent young Oregonians from having access to firearms for defense of their families.”

Meanwhile, backers of the gun storage legislation also have proposed an initiative for the November ballot, should lawmakers fail to act.

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Rhea Panela

Rhea Panela is a multimedia journalist for NewsChannel 21. Learn more about Rhea here.



      1. Once more UncleinFester.
        Go suck a light bulb. Or what ever else you choose. My gun is always in use. Even when it is stored in my nightstand drawer for the night in ready for use mode for self defence. So bite me

    1. Mine are locked up tight as well. I spent a pretty penny on a nice vault. Heated, LED lights, the works. I will be opposing this measure. While responsible gun ownership is something I practice and preach, liberty, not safety is the greater good

  1. “gun deaths in Oregon increased 24% from 2008 to 2017”
    That’s it? No analysis? No one pulled the trigger? Guns just floating around causing violence? No comparison with the population growth (which the 24% is about exactly what Oregon’s growth was during those same years)? No comparison of the demographic groups perpetrating gun deaths? No analysis of where “gun deaths” are occurring? Democrats can’t wait to get our guns. Under the guise of “common sense gun laws for the children.”

    1. Of course they don’t give enough information to fact check their “statistic”. They obviously cherry pick a time frame – and no doubt include suicides – specifically to alarm and mislead everyone.

    2. Looking at the statistics on the CDC website, it is easy to see that the 24% increase is the difference of the raw numbers of “gun deaths” between 2008 and 2014, not the per 100,000 rates.

    3. “Democrats can’t wait to get our guns.” How are Democrats going to “get your guns” when they are Locked In A Safe? It’s arguments like that that make all gun owners sound like blithering morons. You’re doing all responsible gun owners a disservice typing such paranoid drivel.

      1. It is hard to educate someone willfully ignorant but I’ll try.
        Joe Biden: FOR a national buyback program and gun ban
        Bernie Sanders: FOR a gun ban
        Beto Orourke: FOR gun confiscation
        Florida: Democrats collect signatures to ban semi-auto
        Virgnia: Assault Weapons ban attempt and standard capacity magazine ban
        Diane Feinstein, Democrat: introduced the “Assault Weapon Ban of 2019″
        Pete Buttigieg: We have a golden opportunity to… banning the new sale of assault weapons.”
        “Red Flag” laws all over democrat strong holds.

        Oh you guys wrap it up in nice sounding things like “common sense gun laws” or “no one NEEDS an AR-15” or “Come on man if you need 30 rounds to hit a dear (Joe Biden).” The result is the same. Democrats want to disarm us.

  2. why cant people mind there own business, they demand tell you what I demand stay out of my life and the way I do things. Go home clean your own house. Your not helping.

      1. OH REALLY??? We gun kooks are shooting up Detroit, Baltimore, St Louis, Memphis, etc etc etc? Do explain how we Oregonian gun kooks are responsible for gangsters and thugs killing each other??? Are all those suicides our fault too? But lets follow Fester’s brilliant leadership. Lets ban peanuts, alcohol, driving, fatty foods, swimming pools, and every other nasty thing. It appears you only want to ban something that can be used for self defense. Why is that???

      2. Over 37,000 people die in road crashes each year
        An additional 2.35 million are injured or disabled
        Over 1,600 children under 15 years of age die each year
        Nearly 8,000 people are killed in crashes involving drivers ages 16-20
        Road crashes cost the U.S. $230.6 billion per year, or an average of $820 per person
        Yet nothing about requiring your car to be safely stored . . . Both are simply tools!

      3. Of the 36,383 Americans killed with guns each year,8 22,274 are gun suicides (61%), 12,830 are gun homicides (35%), 496 are law enforcement shootings (1.4%), and 487 are unintentional shootings (1.3%).9
        On average, 100,000 Americans are wounded with guns each year,10 often with life-altering consequences.
        Roughly three-quarters of nonfatal shootings are gun assaults. About a fifth are unintentional shootings. Very few nonfatal shootings are suicide attempts—less than 5%—and between 1 and 2% are shootings by law enforcement.11

        Now remove the suicides by firearm, as they would still commit suicide, just with another option/tool

    1. The Dems don’t want people to do that, and their loyal followers would never think
      of questioning their leaders. They want to ram this through before people have a chance to see the true stupidity that they have written into it.

        1. I know that has been said before, and it’s true because the Dems are real good about sneaking things in before the bills are signed, but if you do your research on these
          you can find some disturbing things that they don’t want people to see, and that would in the end do absolutely nothing, except making it extremely difficult and almost impossible to do anything with the guns we already own, which is exactly what they are hoping for because they know they will never be able to completely desecrate the Constitution and totally outlaw private ownership of guns.

    2. The people that wrote this obviously dont understand people with bad intentions. Cable lock on gun..gun still stolen. Gun in case with lock, gun and case still stolen. Cable lock, less than 1 minutes with dykes to remove. Trigger lock, bolt cutters and again less than a minute the firearm is ready for use. Why is my LOCKED home not a viable secure area. Pretty sure it’s against the law to enter without permission. Also if someone is taking my firearm without my consent that too is against the law. Huh,so someone breaks the law and it becomes my fault if they use the weapon.

  3. The feds statistics say that a person is 3.6 times more likely to die from an impaired driver than a gunshot, time for background checks and three-day waits to own a car or to buy alchohol.

    1. Intrusive attempts at public safety that target the lowest common denominator don’t work…..won’t be long before the weak and afraid are trying to confiscate our weapons. See Virginia. Also, excellent one sided story or are we to expect another dedicated piece to the opposition? Pretty sure I know the answer

  4. I propose a bill to hold the State of Oregon, the Governor, and all Oregon Liberal Organizations fiscally responsible for all gun deaths, injuries, property damages, and property losses that could have been prevented, if the homeowner or law abiding citizen, is not able to recover their legally owned firearm in a timely fashion.

    If this proposition ever becomes law, I will follow through with my proposed bill!

  5. I don’t fear guns I fear those in the Oregon Legislature who are hell bent on controlling our lives. Bottom line they don’t give a damn about the rule of law. Gun laws don’t work they don’t enforce laws on the books now. How are all those sanctuary places working out where these buffoons’ just ignore the laws and protect and hide the crimnals now.

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