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On Thursday, the families of the two people gunned down at the Clackamas Town Center Mall met in Salem urging lawmakers to vote yes on a new gun safety bill.

House Bill 4147 would strengthen Oregon's background check system in two ways.

First, it would close an existing loophole by giving police enough time to finish background checks before gun sales proceed.

Second, it would ensure local police are notified when people who are not allowed to buy or possess a gun try to buy one illegally, and fail a background check.

The brother-in-law of Steve Forsythe and the daughter of Cyndi Yuille testified in support of the bill.

Forsythe and Yuille were killed in the Clackamas Town Center shooting.

"I'm here to be a voice for my sister Carla and her late husband Steve Forsythe, who was shot in the back of the head and killed at Clackamas Town Center mall on Dec. 11, 2012, by a gunman armed with a STAG-15 rifle and 150 rounds of ammunition," said Paul Kemp.

Kemp said he's also a gun owner and hunter. He and Jenna Yuille, daughter of Cyndi Yuille, agree there's no one thing that can stop gun violence but say this bill is an important step forward.

Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords will also be in Oregon tomorrow, meeting with state leaders to announce a new coalition aimed at gun safety.

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