COLUMBUS, OH –– Today, Ted Strickland joined U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and concerned Ohioans in Cincinnati and Columbus to hold roundtable discussions about the importance of keeping Americans safe through commonsense gun safety laws –– and to highlight the contrast between himself and Senator Portman on this critical issue. In Cincinnati, Strickland and Senator Murphy were also joined by City Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld.
At the roundtables, Ohioans discussed their support for gun safety legislation and how gun violence has impacted their own lives, and Strickland spoke about his support for commonsense gun safety measures including comprehensive background checks and stopping suspected terrorists from buying weapons –– in contrast to Senator Portman who has been the beneficiary of more spending from the NRA than all other congressional campaign combined, and has repeatedly voted against these two proposals.
Recently, the Strickland campaign released a television ad, “Homeland Security,” featuring a testimonial from an Ohio veteran highlighting Senator Portman’s votes against gun safety legislation, and Strickland has outlined his support for gun safety proposals in a Medium post: “A Commonsense Way to Make Americans Safer.”
"We are facing a heartbreaking epidemic of gun violence in America with victims ranging from school children to moviegoers to shoppers at the mall. By taking simple, commonsense steps like putting in place comprehensive background checks and banning potential terrorists from buying guns, we can help make all Ohioans safer, said Ted Strickland. "Unfortunately, Senator Portman has shown time and again that he is prioritizing the agenda of his rich and powerful friends at the expense of Ohioans’ safety and security –– voting against comprehensive background checks, and even opposing stopping suspected terrorists from buying weapons. The difference between Senator Portman and myself on this issue and so many others is clear: I’ll stand up for the people of Ohio, our safety and the commonsense values we believe in –– but Senator Portman is only looking out for the interests of wealthy and well-connected campaign contributors.”
"I am proud to stand with Ted Strickland in support of commonsense measures to protect Ohioans from gun violence," said Senator Chris Murphy. "But Senator Portman voted with the NRA and the gun lobby –– and against the national security of our country. That’s why I believe the choice in this election is so clear: we need Ted’s leadership in the Senate to enact real reforms that will help keep Ohio families safe.”
Senator Murphy is a national leader on the issue of gun violence prevention, recently leading a 15-hour filibuster on the floor of the U.S. Senate to demand a vote on gun safety legislation after the Pulse nightclub shooting. Murphy was Senator-elect during Connecticut’s tragic Sandy Hook elementary school shooting and has been a central advocate on the issue of gun safety.
Portman Voted Against Manchin-Toomey Background Checks. In April 2013, Portman voted against: “Manchin, D-W.Va., amendment no. 715 that would expand an existing background check system to include firearms purchased at gun shows and over the Internet. It would allow gun show sales to proceed if a background check does not prompt a response within 48 hours and reduce that to a 24-hour wait four years after enactment. It would exempt family transfers and some private sales. The amendment would restrict law enforcement grant funds for states that do not provide all available records to the national background check database. It would ban the creation of a national firearms registry, allow active-duty military members buy guns in their home state and create a commission to study the causes of mass violence in the United States.” The amendment failed, 54-46. [CQ, 4/17/13; S.Amdt. 715 to S. 649, Vote 97, 4/17/13]
Portman Voted To Kill Murphy Amendment Requiring Universal Background Checks For Gun Sales. In June 2016, Portman voted against: “Motion to invoke cloture (thus limiting debate) on the McConnell, R-Ky., motion to commit the bill to the Senate Judiciary Committee with instructions to report back immediately with McConnell for Murphy, D-Conn., amendment no. 4750, that would require that a background check be conducted for every firearm sale and would require federal agencies to certify that they have submitted pertinent information for the purpose of background checks.” The motion to invoke cloture (and thus advance the amendment) failed, 44-56. [CQ, 6/20/16; H.R. 2578, Vote 104, 6/20/16]
Portman Voted To Block Compromise Collins Amendment Denying The Sale Of Firearms To Suspected Terrorists. In June 2016, Portman voted for: “McConnell, R-Ky., motion to table (kill) the McConnell motion to commit the bill to the Judiciary Committee with instructions to report back to the Senate forthwith with McConnell for Collins, R-Maine, amendment no. 4858, that would authorize the attorney general to deny the transfer of a firearm to an individual who appears on the "no fly list" or the "selectee list" and would require notification to law enforcement officials if an individual who has appeared on the Terrorist Screening Database within the last five years has requested a firearm transfer. It also would allow for an individual denied a firearm to petition the decision in a U.S. or state court of appeals.” The motion was rejected, 46-52. [CQ, 6/23/16; H.R. 2578, Vote 109,6/23/16]
Portman Voted To Block Feinstein Amendment Denying The Sale Of Firearms To Suspected Terrorists. In June 2016, Portman voted for a: “Motion to invoke cloture (thus limiting debate) on the McConnell, R-Ky., for Feinstein, D-Calif., amendment no. 4720, that would authorize the attorney general to deny the transfer of a firearm to an individual that represents a threat to public safety based on reasonable suspicion that the individual has ties to terrorism. The bill would fund the departments of Commerce, Justice, Science, and related agencies at a total of $56.3 billion for fiscal 2017.” The motion was rejected by a vote of 47 to 53. [CQ, 6/20/16; S. Amdt. 4720 to S. Amdt. 4685 to H.R. 2578, Vote 106, 6/20/16]