PORTLAND -- A spokesman for Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber said the governor "sees no reason for civilians to have assault weapons" and asked his staff to bring forward a range of options to improve school security, expand access to mental health and address firearms regulations.
Spokesman Tim Raphael said Wednesday the recent massacre at a Connecticut elementary school has caused everyone to consider these issues, and there's "clearly an opportunity to make progress" on the divisive issue of gun control.
Meanwhile, State Sen. Ginny Burdick, a Portland Democrat, said she plans to introduce legislation that would ban gun magazines with more than 10 rounds.
Gun owners Jerry Murray and Tracy Baker told KGW they feel that new limitations infringe on their Second Amendment rights.
"If they change the gun policy it is going to hurt a lot of responsible people," Murray said.
"I don't think that we should have our rights taken away from us," Baker added. "I think we should be able to get what we want."
Republican Sen. Ted Ferrioli of John Day agreed, saying Burdick's suggestion and a potential ban on semiautomatic rifles would affect law-abiding citizens and do nothing to deter criminals or madmen.
Oregon State Treasurer Ted Wheeler said it's time for lawmakers to have a serious discussion.
"I think it is high time we have the conversation, and not shy away from it because it is a highly political conversation," he said.