COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Democrat P.G. Sittenfeld says he’s the only Ohio candidate in the 2016 U.S. Senate race who supports significant gun restrictions.
In speech-style remarks to reporters Tuesday, the 31-year-old Cincinnati councilman said he’d be a fresh voice in Washington not beholden to the powerful National Rifle Association.
Sittenfeld says he’ll make gun safety a centerpiece of his campaign. He says he’d push for universal background checks, safe gun storage requirements and ammunition microstamping, among other restrictions.
Sittenfeld and ex-Gov. Ted Strickland are vying to be the Democrat who faces Republican incumbent Rob Portman next fall. Both Strickland and Portman have high NRA ratings.
Strickland’s spokeswoman says he supports universal background checks. Portman’s spokesman says the senator believes gun violence is best curbed by enforcing current law and making background checks stronger.