Portland pushes to curb gun violence

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Portland has seen 9 shootings in 9 days

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The city of Portland has seen its share of violence recently — including 9 shootings in 9 days.

2 of the 9 shootings in Portland have been deadly, including Portland State basketball player Deante Strickland’s killing and a shooting in Northeast Portland a little more than a week ago when a 25-year-old man was killed.

These shootings, along with the recent mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, has gotten more people talking about how to tackle gun violence here in our area.

In the wake of this rash of shootings in Portland, we spoke with Penny Okamoto, Executive Director of Ceasefire Oregon, about what can be done.

“Background checks are important but they’re not enough,” said Okamoto. “We need things like licensing. We need safe storage of gun laws. We need people to be more aware of current laws like extreme risk protection orders that allow people to disarm their family members, their loved ones, when those family members are entering into a crisis.”

President Trump spoke about making some of these change as well in his speech on Monday morning — especially about making sure people in crisis don’t have access to guns.

Portland Police have only made 1 arrest in the 9 shootings. Anyone with information should call PPB.

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