August 13, 2013

Portman Urges Mayors to Support Reauthorization of His Legislation with Proven Record of Curbing Violence in Communities

"Helping reduce the gun violence wreaking havoc in some of our communities and among our families"

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) released the following statement:

"Both the families of the victims of the terrible tragedy in Newtown with whom I met and the authors of this legislation to expand background checks to more private sales have acknowledged that it would not have prevented the heartbreaking loss of life we saw in Newtown. 

"Based on the Administration's own Justice Department statistics about how criminals obtain guns, we also know that legislation to expand background checks to private sales would have no meaningful impact on the unacceptable level of daily gun violence on the streets of Columbus and other places in Ohio.

"Rather than continuing to push for legislation that would place additional restrictions on law-abiding Ohioans and criminalize private sales, while doing little or nothing to address the true causes of violence, I urge city officials to instead work with me and others to seek solutions that will make a difference. This includes enforcement of current law, strengthening background checks by adding far better mental health records, and getting at the root cause of most gun violence by addressing the drug problem and gangs, and supporting prisoner reentry programs.

"Specifically, I hope those concerned about gun violence will support reauthorization this year of two laws I authored, the Second Chance Act and the Drug Free Communities Act, that are actually helping reduce the gun violence wreaking havoc in some of our communities and among our families."