Ohio’s GOP senator considering gun compromise

CINCINNATI (AP) — Ohio’s Republican U.S. senator is interested in a compromise gun control measure being offered in the aftermath of defeats this week of other legislation.

Rob Portman says he hasn’t yet seen the final language in Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins’ bill to block guns from suspected terrorists. But he told reporters Tuesday he wants to find “common ground” on the issue.

Portman on Monday voted for a National Rifle Association-preferred bill to deny a 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 and his Democratic challenger, former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland, are at odds on gun control legislation.

A Strickland spokesman says he supported two Democrat-sponsored bills Portman opposed.

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