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Portland Police Searching for Gunman Who Shot Moving Truck

Thursday, January 28, 2016

 

Portland Police Bureau officers are searching for an unknown gunman who police say fired on a moving tractor trailer on I-205 early on Tuesday morning.

At roughly 2:13 AM East Precinct officers responded to a call on I-205 Southbound at Division Street that reported shot being fired at a tractor-trailer being driven on the freeway, flattening one of the tires. 

Officers contacted the truck driver. The driver told police that he was driving south on I-205 in the right lane when someone in a “newer black SUV” with tinted windows pulled up next to him and fired multiple rounds at the driver’s side rear tire before speeding out of the area.

Officers found evidence of gunfire that was consistent with the truck driver’s statement. The driver did not see the shooter and was not able to provide a better description of the vehicle.

No similar incidents have been reported to police. Police said there is no evidence to suggest that this was a road rage incident.

Anyone with information pertaining to the shooting is asked to call Assault detectives at 503-823-0400. 

 

Related Slideshow: 10 Facts About Oregon Gun Laws

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Background Checks

Governor Kate Brown signed a bill into law in May that requires requiring background checks on private gun sales, according to Guns and Ammo Magazine. 

"We have an obligation to protect Oregonians from gun violence," Brown said.  "If we want to keep our kids, schools and communities safe, we must make it harder for dangerous people to get guns."

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Concealed Carry

According to the National Rifle Association's website, concealed carry of firearms is allowed in Oregon if the carrier has been issued a permit.

To get a concealed carry permit apply at your local sheriff's office, pass a background check, prove you're at least 21, demonstrate that you're competent with the weapon and you're good to walk around strapped. 

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Mental Health Issues

In Oregon, people who've lost their gun rights because of mental health issues can petition to get them back, according to the Oregon Psychiatric Review Board.

The PSRB conducts relief hearings to determine if someone should again be permitted to own guns.

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Loaded Guns in Public

According to a description of Oregon gun laws on the NRA website, it is unlawful to possess a loaded firearm in a public building, which includes hospitals, capitol buildings, schools, colleges, courthouses or city hall. Exceptions are made if you have a concealed carry permit.

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Out of State Purchases

According to the NRA, Oregon residents are not limited to purchasing firearms in their own state. They may also purchase firearms in California, Idaho, Nevada or Washington

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Machine Guns

Oregon residents are permitted to own machine guns, as long as they are registered with the federal government, according to the NRA.

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No Permit Required

According to Laws.com, no permit is needed to own a handgun or a rifle in the state of Oregon

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Felons

According to the NRA website, most felons are not allowed to own or carry a firearm in Oregon.

There are exceptions, however. If the crime was later expunged from a person's record or downgraded to a misdemeanor, that person is able to own a gun.

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No Registration

According to Laws.com, firearm owners do not need to register their handguns or rifles with the State of Oregon after purchasing them.

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Magazine Restrictions

According to GunsLaws101.com, there are no limits on magazine sizes in Oregon.

 
 

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