Senator Chris Murphy said on Tuesday that Senator Bernie Sanders’ views on permitting victims of gun crimes to litigate manufacturers effectively barred him from Democratic nomination.
Sen. Murphy, who has recommended the former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton posted a series of tweets responding to Bernie Sanders’ interview with New York Daily News.
Acc. to an interview transcript that the publication has let out on Monday, the editorial board had asked the independent senator from Vermont whether victims of Sandy Hook, Connecticut, shooting should be allowed to sue Remington that manufactured the gun that the killer used. Bernie Sanders replied with a no.
Bernie Sanders campaign didn’t immediately responded to request for the remark in Murphy’s criticism.
Nevertheless, he expanded on his point saying that people should be permitted to sue the gun manufacturers & gun dealers in certain occurrences, but not for selling the legal products.
“I believe that gun manufacturers & the gun dealers should be able to be sued when they should know that guns are going into the hands of wrong people,” said Sanders. “So if somebody walks in & says, ‘I would like 10,000 rounds of ammunition,’ you know, well, you might be suspicious about that. So I think there are grounds for those suits, but not if you sell me a legal product,” he added.
Bernie Sanders said that he wouldn’t call the Sandy Hook lawsuit “baseless” but pivoted to importance of a ban on the assault weapons.
“It is not baseless,” stated Sanders. “I would not use that word. However, it is a back door way. If you are questioning me, will I vote to ban assault weapons in US, yeah, I will.”
“If they’re selling a product to a person who buys it legally, what you are really talking about is ending gun manufacturing in America. I do not agree with that,” stated Bernie Sanders.