Senate considering concealed carry reciprocity

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SALEM, Ore. (KOIN) — A new bill concerning gun control reciprocity is about to hit the Senate floor for a vote this week.

The bill would allow people with concealed carry permits outside of Oregon to legally have the same right in Oregon as long as their state meets or exceeds Oregon’s guidelines.

Representative Barbara Smith Warner from District 45 tells KOIN 6 she voted against the bill.

“Concealed handgun licenses have historically not had a lot of sideboards around them,” Smith Warner says.

“I’m not convinced that Oregon’s are stringent enough.”

Representative Bill Post from District 25 disagrees. He says that if Oregon allows other state’s drivers licenses to be valid, gun permits should be too.

Neither Representative Post, or Senator Floyd Prozanski from District 4, who both sponsor the bill, know how may states meet or exceed Oregon’s standards.

“That would be a decision that comes from the attorney general’s office, but I would expect that it would be a very small number of states,” Prozanski tells KOIN 6.

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