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Gun control is theme at state capitol

Gov. Kate Brown.
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SALEM, Oregon – An estimated 200 students from Lake Oswego traveled to Oregon’s state capitol building yesterday in the wake of the deadly Florida school shootings. They were there to demand gun control and other measures to ensure student safety.

The students met with Gov. Kate Brown, who urged them to register to vote when they are 18. She also asked them what steps they felt the state needed to take to ensure school safety.

Later in the day, Brown was flanked by about 300 young people, gun safety advocates and victims when she signed into law a bill banning the possession of guns by people who are under restraining orders or have been convicted of domestic violence.

House Bill 4145 closes the so-called “intimate partner loophole,” which were not included in the original measure, which applied to spouses. Brown said she was proud to sign the first gun-related bill since the school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

“Today marks an important milestone, but we know we have more to do,” Brown said at the signing. “It’s long past time we hold the White House and Congress accountable. Now’s the time to enact real change and federal gun safety legislation.”

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