Ohio’s Portman Votes ‘No’

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Sen. Rob Portman voted against the Senate taking further action on gun control legislation Thursday, voicing his opposition to universal background checks proposed by Sen. Charles Schumer.

Portman, R-Ohio, also isn’t certain he will support a compromise measure offered by Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Pat Toomey, R-Pa.

That plan extends background check requirements to purchases made at gun shows and online, but it would not require them for personal transfers of gun ownership.

A cloture vote to allow the Senate to proceed passed Thursday. It addresses background checks, protecting schools against gun violence and gun trafficking.

Like Portman, Sens. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., and Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, aren’t saying whether they will support the Manchin-Toomey compromise.