Oregon high school students back gun control in rally

Students rally at Capitol to end gun violence on March 5, 2018 - Image from Oregon Governor Kate Brown

SALEM, Ore. (AP) Hundreds of high school students, carrying signs and clamoring for gun control, traveled to Oregon's state capitol as they joined a welling tide of activism in the wake of the deadly Florida school shootings.

Gov. Kate Brown met with the students Monday and urged the 18-year-old among them to vote. Later in the day, Brown signed into a law a bill banning possession of guns and ammunition by people convicted of domestic abuse and under restraining orders.

The bill closed a loophole in a 2015 law that excluded some abusers from the ban, such as boyfriends who abuse partners they don't live with.

Brown says in a statement that she hopes the tide is turning on America's gun debate, with national action and federal legislation needed for meaningful change.


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