PressMediaWire.com (Press Release Distribution) – Jul 19,2010 – Buckeye Firearms Association (BFA) has announced its endorsement of Rob Portman for United States Senate in the 2010 general election.
Portman previously served as a Congressman from the Ohio Second District, Director of the Federal Office of Management and Budget, and also as Trade Director.
Portman voted for the “Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act” (HR 1036) to prevent lawsuits against firearms manufacturers. He voted against the “Regulation of Semi-Automatic Assault Weapons” (NR 4296) – the so-called assault weapons ban. He later voted to sunset the assault weapon ban. Early in his career (1993), he voted against the Brady Handgun Bill (HR 1025).
Portman’s record stands solid for gun owners and is in stark contrast to opponent Lee Fisher’s life-long pursuit of gun control and service on the Board of the Brady Campaign (Handgun Control Inc).
Additionally, Portman has personal involvement with firearms and hunting, traditions passed down in his family.
“I heard Portman speak on this subject when he addressed the 2008 annual convention of the League of Ohio Sportsmen,” said Buckeye Firearms Association Region Leader and outdoor writer Larry S. Moore.
“Portman said, ‘I have been an avid outdoorsman my entire life, I’m a lifelong hunter and fisherman, and a guy who believes I have a right to use firearms responsibly. As you may know, the NRA looked at all the votes I made during my 12 years in Congress regarding the Second Amendment, and gave me an A rating.’ “
In 2008, Portman called for overhauling the Pittman-Robertson tax process and the way the firearms manufacturers must pay the tax.
Portman explained, “We need to do everything possible to ensure that these self-imposed taxes are administered in a manner that is sustainable and is fair. We need to replace the biweekly reporting requirement with a quarterly schedule that is consistent with other estimated tax payments. If elected, I will be working with a bipartisan group in Congress that shares my interest in removing this burdensome and unnecessary requirement.”
While not a result of Portman’s statement, the Firearms Fairness and Affordability Act of 2010 (S. 632) and House companion bill Firearms Excise Tax Improvement Act (HR 5552) are in now the U.S. Senate. This demonstrates Portman’s understanding of a variety of firearms issues and shows that Portman is willing to go to bat for gun owners and firearms manufacturers.
Buckeye Firearms Association is a grassroots political action committee (PAC) dedicated to defending and advancing the right of Ohio citizens to own and use firearms for all legal activities, including self-defense, hunting, competition, and recreation. We work to elect pro-gun candidates and lobby for pro-gun legislation.
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