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Protests will focus on Portman's vote against background checks
Mayors Against Illegal guns and pro-guns groups will hold competing events in Columbus Friday
by WKSU's M.L. SCHULTZE


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M.L. Schultze
 
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The group Mayors Against Illegal Guns will be rallying in Columbus tomorrow to get Sen. Rob Portman to change his mind and to vote to expand background checks for gun purchases.

But a competing protest is being organized by pro-gun groups to support Portman.

Ninety Ohio mayors wrote this week to the U.S. senator, asking him to reconsider his vote against extending the background checks to cover private sales. They’re members of the group started by New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg.

According to Politico, the letter calls on Portman to “stand with the overwhelming majority of your constituents who support this tough-on-crime measure.”

Portman’s office issued a response that says new laws to expand background checks to private sales “would have no meaningful impact.”

Supporting his stance tomorrow will be the Buckeye Firearms Association and other pro-gun groups, who label Bloomberg an “anti-gun extremist.” 

Listener Comments:

85 to 90 percent of the people want background checks. Rob Portman voted against even DISCUSSING it. Don't forget, people. Vote these people out of office.


Posted by: David Stevens on August 30, 2013 4:08AM
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