Ore. Senate tackles gun bills, House keeps talking

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SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Senate takes up two controversial gun bills Thursday as the House continues negotiations on the year’s most significant legislation.

Senators will decide whether to make private the identities of applicants for concealed handgun licenses. A state appeals court has ruled that the information is public record. Gun-rights supporters have asked for the change, saying some permit-holders could be in danger if their names and addresses are publicly accessible.

The Senate also will decide separately whether to prohibit guns on school grounds. Oregon currently allows people with concealed handgun licenses to carry weapons in public buildings and on school grounds.

Meanwhile, the Republicans and Democrats appear closer to an agreement that would allow some of Gov. John Kitzhaber’s initiatives to move forward, but no action has been scheduled.