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Sherrod Brown Supports 'Bump Stock' Gun-Control Bill, Rob Portman Reviewing It

Ohio U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown
J. Scott Applewhite
Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington.

U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown is calling for a ban on "bump stocks," which can make semi-automatic rifles replicate fully automatics and may have been used by the Las Vegas gunman.

Brown said on Thursday he will back the bill introduced fellow Senate Democrat Dianne Feinstein.

Other issues should also be taken up, such as a federal waiting period and a gun buying ban for people on the terrorist watch, Brown said.

As for criticism about politicizing a national tragedy, Brown said Republican leaders have had no problem working on policy after other serious events.

“After September 11th we moved quickly," he said. "After a terrorist who happens to be a Muslim shoots somebody the president says ‘oh we gotta clamp down on the Muslims coming into the country’ the next day.”

Republican Senator Rob Portman says he’ll review the bill to ban "bump stocks."

Andy Chow is a general assignment state government reporter who focuses on environmental, energy, agriculture, and education-related issues. He started his journalism career as an associate producer with ABC 6/FOX 28 in Columbus before becoming a producer with WBNS 10TV.