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Mayor Hales to call for changes to curb gun violence

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Portland Mayor Charlie Hales is expected to call for changes Monday morning to curb gun violence across the country.

Hales has scheduled a press conference for 10 a.m. Monday at City Hall.

Hales is expected to call on leaders in Washington, D.C., to make changes to the nation's gun laws. The press conference will take place on the one-month anniversary of the shooting rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT. A gunman killed 20 children and six adults. 

Hales joined a coalition of 800 mayors last week called "Mayors Against Illegal Guns." The coalition is calling for a federal ban on military-style assault weapons and high capacity magazines, federal legislation to make gun trafficking a crime and including mandatory criminal background checks on all gun sales.

Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) said during a town hall meeting in Portland on Sunday that he also supports closing the background check loophole. 

"I think there needs to be sensible oversight over transferring of weapons from one person to another," Wyden said.

Wyden also believes in tougher storage requirements for assault weapons, he said. He believes the right way to move forward is with ideas that both conservatives and liberals can support, he added.

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