Sanders flips vote on gun control bill
Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.) is reversing his position on a controversial gun control bill that Hillary Clinton has used to hammer him.
Sanders will co-sponsor legislation that would allow the victims of gun violence to sue firearms manufacturers and dealers who sell the weapons to criminals, his office confirmed Thursday.
Currently, the gun industry is shielded from lawsuits by a controversial law that Sanders voted for in 2005. Clinton, the Democratic presidential front-runner, and gun control groups have criticized Sanders for siding with the gun lobby.
Sanders is now joining efforts to roll back those protections for the gun industry.
The bill is not likely to pass in a Republican-controlled Congress, but Sanders’s support is significant because his political opponents have attacked him on the issue.
“This is the least he can do,” said Dan Gross, president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, which is endorsing Clinton over Sanders in the presidential race.
“The difference between Clinton and Sanders is that she didn’t wait until the campaign to champion gun violence prevention,” Gross added.