CINCINNATI (AP) — Ohio's Republican senator plans to speak to a national police officers conference, after drawing heat in recent days for opposing new gun sales restrictions.
Rob Portman is among several federal officials speaking this week at the Fraternal Order of Police meeting in Cincinnati. Organizers expected some 4,000 participants.
During Ohio stops, speakers in a national bus tour promoting gun-control measures have pointed critically to Portman's vote against legislation to expand background checks to online and private firearms sales.
Ohio's Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown supports the legislation. The tour was coordinated by Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a group that includes Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory.
Portman has said the proposed restrictions would infringe upon rights without being able to prevent such mass shootings as the Sandy Hook Elementary School attack in Connecticut.