Portman says principles guided his gun sale vote

Portman says principles guided his gun sale vote

YOUNGSTOWN — U.S. Sen. Rob Portman said today his opposition to expand background checks for firearms purchases “isn’t about politics.”

“It’s about principles and I take that very seriously,” said Portman, a Republican, during a conference call with journalists.

Portman voted Wednesday against a bill to include private sales at gun shows and all Internet sales, yet exempt most sales among family members.

That prompted state Rep. Robert F. Hagan, a Democrat from Youngstown, to declare his candidacy against the Republican in the 2016 election.

When asked today about Hagan candidacy and criticism, Portman laughed and said, “I’m going to keep looking for solutions to gun violence.”

The senator also said, “Instead of making this partisan, I’ll continue to work” on this issue.

In response, Hagan said, “I’m not going to let this guy off the hook. He’s got to answer to the 90 percent of people who favor background checks. I’m going to hold him accountable.”

For the complete story, read Friday’s Vindicator and Vindy.com

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