US senator in Ohio urged to support gun checks

CINCINNATI (AP) — Some Ohioans and the sister of a Newtown massacre victim are calling on U.S. Sen. Rob Portman to support background checks for gun purchases.

Carlee Soto, who on Saturday joined faith leaders and others at a rally in Cincinnati, says tragic mass shootings such as the one in which her sister was killed have put America’s “serious problem with gun violence” in the spotlight.

The Cincinnati Enquirer (http://cin.ci/13rusT9 ) reports Soto and others called on Portman to support universal background changes, which those organizing the rally say would close “dangerous loopholes” that allow some people to purchase firearms.

Victoria Soto was one of 20 first-graders fatally shot at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., in December.

The rally is part of a national bus tour calling for tougher gun laws.

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Information from: The Cincinnati Enquirer, http://www.enquirer.com

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