Senate Candidate Plans ‘Major Speech’ On Guns

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Democratic Senate candidate P.G. Sittenfeld plans a major speech on guns as he seeks to distinguish himself as the only candidate favoring gun control in the closely watched 2016 campaign.

The 31-year-old Cincinnati councilman’s remarks are planned for Tuesday, as Sittenfeld signals he’ll make the gun issue a centerpiece of his campaign.

His Democratic opponent, former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland, has past high marks with the National Rifle Association, though his record on the issue has been questioned more recently by the Buckeye Firearms Association. U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, the Republican incumbent, also has an A rating with the NRA.

The speech comes as mass shootings and police-involved deaths have made gun violence a rising campaign issue.