Ohio Gun Owners to Urge Senator Portman to Support Common-Sense Background Checks at Press Conference Friday

Aug 29, 2013, 14:56 ET from Mayors Against Illegal Guns

83 Percent of Ohioans – and 82 Percent of Gun Owners Nationally – Support Comprehensive, Tough-On-Crime Background Checks


COLUMBUS, Ohio, Aug. 29, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Ohio gun owners will gather in Columbus on Friday to call on Senator Rob Portman to support comprehensive background checks that will help keep guns out of the wrong hands. Polls have found that 83 percent of Ohioans support common-sense background checks.  Additionally, 82 percent of gun owners nationwide – including 74 percent of NRA members – support this tough-on-crime measure.            

Currently, it remains far too easy for criminals, domestic abusers, people with severe mental illnesses and other dangerous individuals – people who know they can't pass a background check – to skirt the law and obtain guns by purchasing them online or at gun shows, where background checks are not required under federal law. Bipartisan legislation sponsored by NRA A-rated Senators Joe Manchin and Pat Toomey—and supported by a majority of U.S. Senators— would have closed this dangerous loophole by extending background checks to commercial gun sales. But Senator Portman was part of a minority of senators who voted to block this sensible legislation. At the press conference, gun owners will urge Senator Portman to change his vote.

Events details are below:



Ohio Gun Owners to Gather to Call on Senator Portman to Support Common-Sense Background Checks


McFerson Commons Park

218 W. Street

Columbus, OH


Friday, August 30, 12:00 PM

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