Bernie Sanders changes position on guns, supports liability for gun makers
Democratic candidate Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders on Saturday lent his support to a bill to remove legal immunity for gun makers and gun sellers established in a 2005 law he supported.
The new bill -- introduced by Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., and Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif. -- will rescind portions of a law that grants broad immunity from lawsuits against gun manufacturers and dealers.
"I'm pleased that this legislation is being introduced," Sanders said in a statement. "As I have said for many months now, we need to look at the underlying law and tighten it up."
Although Sanders did vote for the law in 2005, he said he supports his vote because he worries about the impact rescinding immunity would have on small, family-run gun shops that acted responsibly.
"As I have said, I do want to make sure that this legislation does not negatively impact small gun stores in rural America that serve the hunting community," Sanders added. "So I'm pleased to support the legislation and should it come up for consideration I would work to make sure it includes a provision that allows us to monitor its impact so that we may determine if it is having any unintended consequences."
In July of 2015, he compared gun makers to manufacturers of hammers, saying he didn't think either of them should be sued when their product is used in a murder.