I support these initiatives and applaud Mayor Sam Adams' efforts, but I don't think it'll help much. What's needed is licensing of all gun owners and registration of every gun plus no private transfers without a background check. That's haw to significantly make a difference in Portland's violence. That's how to significantly reduce the gun flow into the criminal world.Three ordinances would hold adults responsible if their gun gets into a child’s hands, penalize gun owners who don’t report the theft or loss of a firearm, and designate shooting hot spots and allow the city to exclude certain gun offenders from them.While the theft reporting and child protection laws have been passed in other major cities, criminal justice experts say the exclusion zones that would restrict gun offenders from areas designated as high in gun violence would be unique to Portland.
Two other code changes would set a 7 p.m. curfew for juveniles who have been convicted of a gun offense such as possessing or illegally using a firearm, and would enact a mandatory minimum sentence of 30 days in jail for a gun offender found carrying a loaded gun in a public place, including a vehicle or on transit.
What's your opinion? Do you think Mayor Sam Adams is climbing the list of gun-rights enemies? What ranking might he have achieved with this?
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