Highly publicized bills that would ban the sale of high-capacity gun magazines as well as semi-automatic miltary-style rifles now appear to be off the table at the Oregon Legislature.
Sen. Ginny Burdick, D-Portland, said Wednesday that she is backing off an attempt to push through a bill on gun clips that she drafted following the December shootings at the Clackamas Mall.
Senate Judiciary Chairman Floyd Prozanski, D-Eugene, who is another key figure in the gun-control debate, said he doesn’t plan to take up Burdick’s legislation or another bill in the House that would bar the sale of semi-automatic military-style rifles often known as assault weapons.
“I personally think that the high-capacity magazines and semi-automatic weapon issues need to be done at the federal level,” said Prozanski.
Prozanski said concern grew about guns in the Capitol during a recent gun-rights rally across the street from the building. Several participants wore semi-automatic rifles slung across their back and some of them came inside the Capitol with their weapons.