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Oregon Bill Would Ban Sale or Transfer of Dangerous Items to Intoxicated Individuals

The bill was drafted in response to an incident in Ontario, where an intoxicated man purchased a gun and took a woman hostage.

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(SALEM) - Oregon State Rep. Tom Butler (R-Ontario) has introduced House Bill 2415 which would ban the sale or transfer of guns, explosives and vehicles to visibly intoxicated individuals.

The measure also prohibits fuel stations from selling fuel to inebriated customers.

“There are no penalties for selling these dangerous items to people who shouldn’t have them,” Rep. Butler said.

“It’s illegal to serve alcohol to a visibly intoxicated man, but it’s legal to sell him a gun and fill up his gas tank. HB 2415 is a common sense measure intended to save lives.”

The bill was drafted in response to an incident in Ontario, where an intoxicated man purchased a gun and took a woman hostage.

The man was later shot and killed by local law enforcement.

“After the incident, I was surprised to learn there are no laws governing the sale of weapons and explosives to intoxicated individuals,” Rep. Butler said.

“The State Fire Marshal’s office told me there’s nothing stopping a licensed, yet intoxicated person from purchasing a trunk load of dynamite. I have introduced HB 2415 to fill a glaring gap in Oregon state law.”

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Henry Ruark January 18, 2007 6:18 am (Pacific time)

You-all prefer perhaps "royalism" a ala Bush(es) ? OR "beat the game" by Nixon and cabal ? Society better served by those who work at it than those in denial and departed.

JAFO January 17, 2007 7:42 pm (Pacific time)

would it be illegal to sell hand grenades to Ann Coulter then?

Osotan January 17, 2007 7:08 pm (Pacific time)

Common Sense.,Alcohol.,?Firearms.,? and Tobacco.,? and 99.9% of it from the male drive to wipe out anything threatening with a 4:1 rear end., and more laws by those same "common sense" legislators? More B.S!..,common sense went south and we ought to listen to our moms more.,"stay away from that macho jive and learn to play guitar"

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