Family of Clackamas Town Center shooting victim testifies for gun control

Family of Clackamas Town Center shooting victim testifies for gun control

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Posted on April 5, 2013 at 9:54 AM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 24 at 3:45 PM

SALEM – The family of the woman killed in the Clackamas Town Center shooting testified at a gun-control hearing in Salem, hoping new laws would lead to more accountability for gun owners.

Robert Yuille’s wife Cindy was killed in the December shooting that killed one other person and injured a third.

Background: Gunman, two victims die in Clackamas mall shooting

The Oregon Senate introduced four new gun control bills Friday, and Robert Yuille testified along with his daughter Jenna Passalacqua. Yuille said he supports the Second Amendment, but it’s time to hold gun owners accountable.

“I don't want people to think I'm an advocate for gun control,” Yuille clarified. “I'm an advocate for safety, for community safety.”

"We need to hold people responsible to keep guns safe," he testified. "The problem will not go away on its own."

"I encourage you to take action so no one else has to suffer like we have," his daughter told lawmakers. "I support Senate Bill 700."

Click to read Senate bills 347, 699, 700 and 796

Gun law proponents have said the new bills won't make any difference.

“I'm all for taking the guns out of the hands of criminals,” said Republican State Senator Betsy Close. “But we don't believe that these gun bills—these particular ones—are going to do that.”

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber, Portland Mayor Charlie Hales and Portland Police Chief Mike Reese were all at the hearing. The main hearing room was packed and several other rooms were opened for the overflow crowd.

More: Gun control advocates rally at Oregon Capitol

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