The Ashland City Council has voted 4-2 to order up a draft of an ordinance that would ban carrying loaded guns openly in public.
The Daily Tidings reports the vote Tuesday doesn't mean the measure will eventually be approved. One council member said his yes vote was to gain time to think about the question. The ban wouldn't apply inside vehicles.
Several audience members were armed. Many nodded their heads when council members said they feared the measure would draw gun rights advocates to Ashland to display their weapons in public.
Under Oregon law, a person may openly carry a loaded gun in public. Local jurisdictions may require the weapons be unloaded.
The council voted against asking for a draft to regulate gun storage.