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Ohio's Portman votes to block debate on gun bill
But he says he could be open to amendments that would make it more palatable

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M.L. Schultze
In The Region:

Ohio’s U.S. senators have once again split on a key vote – this time, whether debate should begin on a gun control bill.

WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has more on the differing views of Rob Portman and Sherrod Brown.

Ohio’s Democratic U.S. Sherrod Brown was one of 68 votes in favor of the debate. His Republican counterpart, Rob Portman, joined 30 others in voting no.

Portman says his was a last-minute decision based on the preliminary wording of the bill, which includes universal background checks for gun purchases.

The freshman senator  says his main objection is that the bill -- as it’s now written -- would apply to family transfers and gifts of guns. That would likely be changed in a compromise amendment crafted by Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey and West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin. But Portman says he’d have to see that amendment before committing to vote for it.

Portman says he could support amendments  that  tighten mental health background checks and punish felons who buy guns.

Sherrod Brown said this week that he thinks the Manchin-Toomey amendment does not go far enough, but is a good place to start.

Listener Comments:

Didn't Rob Portman just back gay marriage based on his son coming out to him as gay? I guess Mr. Portman hasn't had a relative suffer gun violence yet. Seems to be that's what it takes before he pays attention.

Posted by: Sheila (New York) on April 11, 2013 5:04AM
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