President Obama unveiled proposals to reduce gun violence on Wednesday. The move stems from the Newtown, Conn., shootings that killed 20 children and six adults. As Sam Hendren of Ohio public radio station WOSU reports, both of Ohio’s senators say they'd consider some form of stricter regulations.
Ohio’s junior senator, Republican Rob Portman, says he’s now open to considering new restrictions on assault rifles -- something he opposed when he served in the U.S. House. Portman told reporters a few weeks ago that he’d also consider outlawing high-capacity ammunition clips. Those are positions shared by his Democratic colleague, Sen. Sherrod Brown.
BROWN: “It’s not going to eliminate the problem, certainly, the assault weapon ban, but it’s also a question of these magazines that people can, in a matter of seconds, fire 20 shots. It’s not necessary that people have those to hunt and I think we need to look at mental health issues. “
Both senators say they don’t believe that hurried passage of legislation can address the scope of gun violence.
BROWN: “It’s a broader question. It’s not just about guns but it’s partly about guns.”