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June 04, 2013

Re: Public Health Issue of Gun Violence: A statement submitted by member Eloise Bates

Noting with deep concern the public health issue to all Americans through increased gun violence wherein an average of eight American children and ninety adults are shot and killed every day; with 4,694 shot and killed since Sandy Hook, in an effort to encourage new and stronger solutions to this crisis in public health, CCCHD therefore,

1. Calls upon all members of the legislator, both state and federal; companies; and educational institutions to establish common sense gun reforms; and

2. Urges all members of the Oregon Legislature to vote yes on Senate Bill 347 – allows K-12 school districts to adopt a policy that prohibits guns on campus, even if the weapon holder has a concealed carry permit. It puts the school district in charge not the gun holder. An exception to this rule is made for ROTC participants, gun safety classes, hunter training courses and similar programs; and

3. Urges all members of the Oregon Legislature to vote yes on Senate Bill 699 – Prohibits people with carry permits from bringing weapons into a public buildings or grounds without special permission from government officials unless it is hidden from view. Law enforcement officers, members of the military and other uniformed officials are not bound by this rule; and

4. Urges all members of the Oregon Legislature to vote yes on Senate Bill 700 – Mandates a criminal background check for the transfer and sale of firearms between private individuals with an exception of immediate family members; and

5. Urges all members of the Oregon Legislature to vote yes on Senate Bill 796 – Requires concealed handgun license applicants to personally demonstrate their competence with a firearm in front of an authorized instructor. Online and electronic training courses will no longer be allowed.

Upon motion duly made and seconded, the foregoing statement was adopted by Columbia County Citizens for Human Dignity June 4, 2013.