PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — An interfaith group is calling for tougher gun legislation to limit gun violence in Oregon following a week of multiple mass shootings across the country.

In a press conference on Friday at Augustana Lutheran Church in Northeast Portland, the Lift Every Voice Oregon campaign spoke about the surge in shooting statistics, saying Oregon is facing several different kinds of “pandemics,” including the rise of white supremacy and gun violence.

The group’s movement is an effort to “promote public safety through education, legislation, advocacy and Initiative Petitions dealing with assault-style weapons, large-capacity magazines and common-sense laws that will help end the epidemic of gun violence.”

LEVO announced initiative petitions for the 2022 general election, one of which calls for a ban on the sale of assault-style weapons. Another IP would ban large-capacity magazines over 10 rounds and require gun owners to obtain licenses and submit to full background checks.

This isn’t the first time LEVO has tried to change gun laws in Oregon, but its members are confident voters are on their side this time. Rev. Dr. W. J. Mark Knutson said LEVO has the capacity to get the initiative off the ground, saying, “It’s going to be a victory like no one has ever seen in this state.”

The group said it wants Oregon to lead the way for the rest of the country by passing stricter gun laws and are hopeful this will give Congress the courage to do so.

Earlier this week, the Oregon Senate has voted in favor of a contentious bill that would ban guns from the Capitol and other state buildings, as well as allow jurisdictions to decide whether people with concealed handgun license can bring guns into a public building.

Despite four hours of discussion and overwhelming opposition by gun owners and Republicans, the bill passed, 16-7, on Thursday and will be move to the House.

Republicans in the House will likely echo the remarks of those in the Senate, where tensions have risen as the Legislature debates several-gun control measures introduced this year.