Portman backs red-flag law


Columbus Dispatch



COLUMBUS, Ohio — U.S. Sen. Rob Portman told a group of religious leaders Thursday that he supports Gov. Mike DeWine’s proposed red-flag law.

DeWine’s proposal would allow law enforcement to confiscate guns from an individual who is determined to be a harm to themselves or others after a court hearing.

Asked if he supported expanded background checks at the federal level, Portman said that the federal government “can tighten background checks in ways that are meaningful.”

For example, individuals who have mental health problems sometimes aren’t entered into the federal background check system, he said.

“I think we can do more to tighten that up. My understanding is that the president and others are willing to work on this together because if it’s not bipartisan it’s not going to happen,” Portman said.

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