Multnomah County commissioners unanimously approved new gun control laws Thursday.
The new ordinances restrict the possession of a loaded firearm in a public place, according to the county, with exceptions in place for legal hunting, target shooting, people licensed to carry a concealed weapon and officers performing their official duties.
The ordinances also prohibit firing a gun within the boundaries of the county. The restriction does not apply to people lawfully defending themselves or their property.
The new rules require the reporting of a stolen or lost gun within 48 hours.
A new curfew will also be established at 7 p.m. for minors who are on probation for a gun crime.
"I agree this ordinance is not the entire solution. But it is part of the solution," Commissioner Deborah Kafoury said. "Doing nothing is not an option. I think it is small and incremental steps that are going to save people's lives."
Commissioners said state law limits counties for legislating in others areas of gun control, such as banning assault rifle or limiting magazine sizes.
Commissioners said the ordinances largely mirror similar laws passed in the city of Portland. They will go into effect in 30 days.
The county has distributed an FAQ document to anyone with questions about the new regulations. You can find it here.
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Thursday, July 31 2014 11:57 AM EDT2014-07-31 15:57:19 GMT
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