Vulnerable GOP senators side with NRA on gun votes

WASHINGTON (AP) — Among the Senate’s most vulnerable Republicans, Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey stood firmly with the powerful National Rifle Association on the latest ill-fated attempts at gun control. So did Ohio Sen. Rob Portman and Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson.

Just over four months to the election, most Republican Senate incumbents opted for consistency despite the political frenzy days after a gunman in Florida killed 49 people, prompting fresh calls for tighter restrictions on weapons.

Toomey, Portman and Johnson supported a NRA-preferred measure to deny a gun sale to a known or suspected terrorist, but only if prosecutors could convince a judge within three days that the would-be buyer was involved in terrorism. The three also helped to defeat a Democratic-sponsored bill to close the gun show loophole and expand background checks.