Ohio’s GOP senator, challenger differ on gun bills

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Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, talks to reporters on Capitol Hill, Monday, June 20, 2016, in Washington. A divided Senate hurtled Monday toward an election-year stalemate over curbing guns, eight days after Orlando's mass shooting horror intensified...

CINCINNATI (AP) — Ohio’s Republican U.S. senator and his Democratic challenger are at odds over gun control legislation that failed this week.

Incumbent Rob Portman is likely to be questioned about his votes in a conference call planned Tuesday with Ohio reporters. He voted for a National Rifle Association-preferred bill to deny a gun sale to a known or suspected terrorist, but required convincing a judge within three days that the would-be buyer was involved in terrorism. He also backed a bill to improve background checks.

A spokesman for former Ohio governor and Democratic nominee Ted Strickland says he would have voted for two Democrat-sponsored measures Portman opposed. One would close a gun show loophole and expand background checks; the other was also aimed at preventing terrorism suspects from buying guns.

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