Sen. Arnie Roblan: 'There's really no need for assault weapons in local hands'
COOS BAY, Ore. -- The Bay Area Chamber of Commerce’s Wednesday Business Connection event welcomed Oregon Senator Arnie Roblan (Coos Bay, District 5) as a guest speaker Wednesday afternoon.
Roblan, a Democrat, touched on future plans for the next year and also talked about Ballot Measure 43, an initiative that would restrict the sale, production and ownership of assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.
"We know it's constitutional; the question is, is that where we want to go? I'm one of those people who thinks there's really no need for assault weapons in local hands. I know there are other people that have different opinions about that, but I think in Oregon we try to do it the Oregon way, which means get everybody involved and have a real conversation about it."
Last year, Oregon became the first state to defelonize illegal drugs such as methamphetamine and heroin.
While many believe drugs are still a major issue in the community, Roblan touched on the decision.
"We're not after the individual using; we're after the pushers and the people who are importing that drug and we need to make sure that we deal with those firmly and severely. But these other people - what we need to do is figure out, how do we get the mental health they need; how do we get the alcohol and drug treatment programs available in communities."
For now, the former high school principal says his focus will be on the education system and how to improve it for the next generation.