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Portman urged to support gun checks

CINCINNATI (AP) — A rally in Ohio urging U.S. Sen. Rob Portman to support background checks for gun purchases will include the sister of a Newtown massacre victim.

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FILE - In this Dec. 14, 2012, file photo, Carlee Soto reacts as she learns her sister, Victoria Soto, a teacher at the Sandy Hook Elementary School, was one of 26 people killed in a shooting at the school in Newtown, Conn. Absent a magic potion or explosive economic growth, it was all but inevitable President Barack Obama would have to break some of his campaign promises to keep others. If there's one thing that distinguished them besides their ambition, it was their incompatibility. In recent years, America has had many scenes of mass shootings. The campus of Virginia Tech University. A shopping center in Tucson, Ariz. A movie theater in Aurora, Colo. A temple in Oak Creek, Wisc. None put gun control back on the national agenda in a serious way. Then came the elementary school massacre in Newtown, Conn., after the election, and that all changed. Or so it seemed. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)

Carlee Soto is joining city council members, faith leaders and others in a rally Saturday on Fountain Square in downtown Cincinnati. Soto's sister was killed in the shootings in December at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown. Twenty first-graders and six educators were shot to death before the gunman killed himself as police arrived.

The rally is part of a national bus tour calling for tougher gun laws. The "No More Names: National Drive to Reduce Gun Violence tour is stopping in 25 states over 100 days. It is urging support for gun laws that advocates say will help protect U.S. communities.

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