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Oregon ballot measure sought for guns to be safely stored

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Two people whose loved ones were shot dead at an Oregon shopping mall by a man with a stolen assault rifle are chief petitioners of a proposed ballot measure that calls for firearms to be safely stored.

The prospective petition was filed Monday with the secretary of state's office and would require law enforcement to be quickly contacted if a firearm is lost or stolen, its backers said.

If enough signatures are gathered for the measure to go on the November ballot, and if it passes, guns must be stored with a trigger or cable lock, or be in a locked container.

Chief petitioner Jenna Yuille's mother, Cindy Yuille, was killed at Clackamas Town Center in 2012. Chief petitioner Paul Kemp lost his brother-in-law Steve Forsyth. The gunman committed suicide.

"When you buy a new gun, it comes with a gun lock. Every manufacturer says lock up your firearms. The NRA website says lock up your firearms. It's just standard protocol," Kemp told FOX 12. 

Kemp said he asked the officer who responded to his home the day after the Clackamas Town Center shooting if Oregon had a safe storage gun law. The answer was "no." 

Kemp said he is a gun owner and his guns are always locked up and unloaded. 

Opponents to the measure say it just isn't reasonable. 

"That completely takes away from the whole purpose of having a firearm within your home for self-defense," said Dustin Singleton, owner of Strong-Side Firearms Training LLC. 

In order for the measure to qualify for the 2019 Oregon ballot, supporters will need more than 80,000 valid signatures by July 5. 

Copyright 2018 KPTV-KPDX Broadcasting Corporation. All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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