Among the U.S. Senate's most vulnerable Republicans, Pennsylvania's Pat Toomey, Ohio's Rob Portman and Wisconsin's Ron Johnson stood firmly with the National Rifle Association on the latest ill-fated attempts at gun control.
With just over four months to the election, most Republican Senate incumbents opted for consistency yesterday, despite fresh calls for tighter restrictions following the Orlando shootings. Toomey, Portman and Johnson supported a NRA-preferred measure to deny a gun sale to a known or suspected terrorist, if prosecutors could convince a judge within three days he would-be buyer was involved in terrorism. The three also helped defeat a Democratic-sponsored bill to close the gun show loophole and expand background checks. In largely party-line votes, the measures from both sides were rejected.