SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (AP) - As Ohio Sen. Rob Portman traveled through the state during this week's congressional recess, he got plenty of heat for his recent vote against a bipartisan bill that would have expanded background checks to more gun sales.
Jerri Jackson of Springfield told the Cleveland Plain Dealer and the Dayton Daily News that she thinks a background check might have kept her son's killer from buying a gun after police expressed concerns over his mental health.
Portman says he didn't think the legislation would help prevent mass shootings.
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