#TBT: Portman Voted Against Stopping People on “No-Fly” List from Buying Guns

COLUMBUS — Today Ohio Public Radio reported that “U.S. Senator Rob Portman says he approves of banning guns to people on ‘no-fly’ list” — but roughly two weeks ago — to the day — Portman voted against the exact same proposal in the U.S. Senate.

From Kirstin Alvanitakis, communications director for the Ohio Democratic Party: “Which is it Senator Portman — did you lie when you voted against this proposal two weeks ago, or are you lying today?”

See for yourself:

Roughly Two Weeks Ago, Portman Voted To Block Legislation Preventing Suspected Terrorists On The No-Fly List From Being Able To Buy Guns. [CQ, 12/3/15; S.Amdt. 2910 to S.Amdt. 2874 to H.R. 3762, Vote 319, 12/3/15; New York Daily News, 11/18/15]

Senate Republicans Blocked A Measure That Allowed The Attorney General To Block The Sale Or Transfer Of A Gun Or Explosive To A Suspected Or Known Terrorist. “Senate Republicans on Thursday rejected an amendment to the ObamaCare repeal bill that would have tied it to a separate fight on blocking suspected or known terrorists from being able to buy guns. Senators voted 45-54 on procedural hurdle for the measure from Sen. Dianne Feinstein. The California Democrat’s proposal, which she has also introduced as a separate piece of legislation, would allow the attorney general to block the sale or transfer of a gun or explosive to a suspected or known terrorist if the individual is believed to use the weapons in an act of terrorism.” [The Hill, Floor Action, 12/3/15]

Feinstein Noted The Measure Had Bipartisan Support, Calling It “The Definition Of A No-Brainer.” “Speaking to reporters earlier Thursday, Feinstein called her amendment ‘the definition of a no-brainer.’ She underscored the bipartisan support behind the proposal, pointing out that a House Republican has introduced a similar bill and the idea was initially backed by the Bush administration’s Department of Justice in 2007.” [The Hill, Floor Action, 12/3/15]

Headline: “Senate Blocks Effort To Keep Guns From Terrorists.” [The Hill, Floor Action, 12/3/15]