PORTLAND — Oregon gun-control advocates have gained support among Oregon state lawmakers after calling for a ban on semi-automatic weapons on the same day as the Connecticut school massacre.
Members of a gun-control group circulated through the state Capitol on Friday and gained 12 co-sponsors of a bill that would ban semi-automatic rifles classified as assault weapons, according to The Oregonian.
Lawmakers who signed on are Democrats and all but one are from Portland or its inner suburbs.
Ceasefire Oregon began planning for the effort following the shootings at Clackamas Town Center, during which a gunman killed two people Tuesday and then himself.
But the group says Friday’s action was prompted by the mass shootings Friday in Newtown, Conn., where 20-year-old Adam Lanza killed his mother, then stormed the Sandy Hook Elementary School and fatally shot 20 children — none older than 7 — and six adults before killing himself.