Gun safety supporters submit storage petition

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They turned in 2,000 signatures

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PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Gun safety advocates around Oregon have renewed hope for gun safety legislation after gathering a great deal of support in recent months.

The State of Safety Action organization, along with other gun safety supporters, collected twice the amount of signatures they needed to get a safe gun storage measure on the 2020 ballot.

A total of 2,000 signatures were submitted to the Oregon Secretary of State’s Office.

A press conference was held with the State of Safety Action President Henry Wessinger, as well as State Representatives Alissa Keny-Guyer, Rachel Prusak, Janeen Sollman and others who were personally affected by gun violence.

“Our coalition knows that enacting a safe storage law in Oregon will start saving lives as soon as it’s passed,” said Wessinger. “Working together, Oregon can pass safe gun storage in 2020 which will significantly improve our State of Safety.”

A man signs a document (Public Domain Pictures/Circe Denyer)

The measure the group filed is called Initiative Petition 40. IP 40 states the measure is “designed to prevent tragedies such as the 2012 Clackamas Town Center shooting by creating rules for safe storage of guns” and “will help reduce accidental child injury and death by requiring safe storage” among other things.

If the measure becomes enacted into law it will be called the Cindy Yuille and Steve Forsyth Act, named after two victims of the Clackamas Town Center shooting.

Steve Forsyths brother-in-law, Paul Kemp, was a leader for this coalition.

“Safe gun storage will set a standard in Oregon for responsible gun ownership,” said Kemp. “Most gun owners already meet that standard, but by creating a culture where all gun owners in Oregon do, we’ll be able to save lives and make our communities safer.”

The next step is the Attorney General’s ballot title drafting process. Once a ballot title is given, 112,020 more signatures are required by July 2, 2020.

KOIN 6 News will continue to cover this story.

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