Friday, September 3, was the soft deadline for Portlanders and others to speak up about Mayor Sam Adams' new gun-control proposals.
Naturally, I wondered what kind of feedback the mayor's office had gotten, and how much. A detailed accounting may have to wait. Adams' spokesman, Roy Kaufmann, said this week that staff has only just begun analyzing all the comments and concerns.
Although there may not be many surprises: The gun lobby has been predictably vocal, and so have community groups worried about civil liberties. Others, and not just gun-rights activists, have suggested the proposals would be ineffective. To hear a recent discussion of the proposals on Oregon Public Radio, click here.
But Kaufmann did offer that, by the end of the month, some version of the package will make it to the city council.
"This isn't something we want to go lingering and unaddressed," he says.
To recap, the current proposals would impose a curfew for juveniles with a history of gun violence, create exclusion zones in gun hotspots, penalize those who fail to report lost or stolen guns, boost penalties for anyone carrying an illegal gun that's loaded, and make it a city crime to give guns to minors.
They all could emerge, or just some, Kaufmann says. The mayor's office remains in discussions with the Portland Police Bureau and the city attorney's office. Some have questioned whether state gun protections "pre-empt" Adams' proposals, but Kaufmann says "we don't believe pre-emption poses a threat."
Even after proposals emerge, Adams' office is promising that talks will continue "with community groups and constituents and stakeholders."
"Much of the impetus for rolling these out was to get people talking about this issue," he says. "We've accomplished that, but talking isn't enough."
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