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Democrats traded away such a bill in the 2019 to get the votes to bolster school funding; Republicans killed another bill this year; now comes COVID-19.

PMG FILE PHOTO - People watch testimony on Senate Bill 978 on televisions in the Capitol lobby in April 2019. Gun bills in that session and again in 2020 failed to move forward. Last year, attempts to pass a safe firearm storage law for Oregon were foiled by a walkout in the State Senate. This year, Republicans walked out again and, once again, safe storage never got a vote.

The group State of Safety Action filed an initiative petition to get a safe storage law on the November 2020 ballot in case the Legislature failed.

That plan now is faltering because of the coronavirus.

The initiative petition, IP 40, requires 112,020 signatures to get on the November ballot. But with large events and social gatherings canceled and the health risk high for signature gatherers, chief petitioner Henry Wessinger said it's likely impossible for the measure to make the ballot — and perhaps even an unethical pursuit during the pandemic.

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