Ore. bill could ban some semi-automatic rifles


PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Oregon gun-control advocates have gained supporters among Oregon state lawmakers after calling for ban on semi-automatic weapons on the same day as the Connecticut school massacre.    The Oregonian reports that members of a gun-control group circulated through the Capitol Friday and gained 12 co-sponsors of a bill that would ban semi-automatic rifles classified as assault weapons.    Lawmakers who signed on are Democrats and all but one are from Portland or its inner suburbs.    Ceasefire Oregon began planning for the effort following the shootings at Clackamas Town Center, where a gunman killed two people Tuesday and then himself.    But the group says Friday's action was conducted "under a shadow of shock and profound sorrow" over the mass shootings at Newtown, Conn.    -- Information from The Oregonian.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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