Gun Reform Group Protests Portman Visit

Portman Protest
A small group of advocates for tougher gun laws, including state Rep. Bob Hagan, left, protested Senator Rob Portman's visit to Boardman on Monday.

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A small group of protesters advocating for tougher gun laws tried to get Sen. Rob Portman’s attention on Monday outside an energy industry job fair in Boardman.

Protesters supporting universal background checks for anyone trying to purchase a gun showed up at the conference with a 12-foot banner. Members said they are also hoping for what they call “common sense” gun law changes.

“I teach criminal justice. I’ve studied homicides in Youngstown for 15 years and it is clearly the proliferation of guns that have caused the homicide rate in Youngstown,” said one protester, Dr. C. Allen Pierce.

Portman, R-Cincinnati, voted against recent gun law legislation because he believed it infringed on the rights of law-abiding citizens.

“I think people are starting to rise up, starting to say enough is enough, ” said Rep. Bob Hagan, D-Youngstown. “The NRA does not control this country. We control this country.”

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