ASHLAND, Ore. -- The Ashland City Council has asked for more legal research into proposed municipal gun restrictions.

The city attorney, David Lohman, told the council yesterday night that the restrictions could lead to expensive litigation.

The Daily Tidings reports that a group of Ashland residents has asked the council to ban carrying loaded guns openly in public and to require guns to be stored so that children can't get to them.

Lohman says Portland's ban on carrying loaded guns openly has been upheld, but Ashland could face litigation if an officer stopped, searched and arrested someone under such a law. He says that could lead to a dispute over whether the officer had reasonable suspicion Lohman says Ashland would be in uncertain legal territory if it adopted regulations on gun storage.

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