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Ohio’s senators say they’ll support gun restrictions
Brown, Portman agree that there's a need for limits on ammo and assault weapons

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President Obama is set to unveil proposals to fight gun violence today. The move stems from the Newtown, Connecticut shootings that killed 20 children and six adults. 

As Sam Hendren of Ohio Public Radio station WOSU reports, both of Ohio's senators seem ready to support some form of stricter regulations.

Ohio’s senators say they’ll support gun restrictions

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Ohio’s junior senator, Republican Rob Portman says he’s now open to considering new restrictions on assault rifles...something he opposed when he served in the U-S House. Portman told reporters a few weeks ago that he’d also consider outlawing high-capacity ammunition clips. Those are positions shared by his Democratic colleague. This is Senator Sherrod Brown:

“It’s not going to eliminate the problem, certainly, the assault weapon ban, but it’s also a question of these magazines that people, in a matter of seconds, can fire 20 shots. It’s not necessary for people to have those to hunt and I think we need to look at mental health issues. “

Both senators say they don’t believe that hurried passage of legislation can address the scope of gun violence.

“It’s a broader question. It’s not just about guns but it’s partly about guns.”

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