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Connecticut Senator Not Happy With Bernie Sanders’ View On Sandy Hook Lawsuit

Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., attends a press conference on the positive affects of the Affordable Care Act as the Senate convenes for a Sunday session on Capitol Hill in Washington, Sunday, July 26, 2015. On the Senate's agenda is an effort to repeal President Barack Obama's health care law. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) said Tuesday that Sen. Bernie Sanders’ views on allowing victims of gun crimes to sue manufacturers effectively disqualified him from the Democratic nomination.

Murphy, who has endorsed former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for president, posted a series of tweets responding to Sanders’ interview with the New York Daily News.

According to an interview transcript the publication released Monday, the editorial board asked the independent senator from Vermont whether the victims of the Sandy Hook, Connecticut, shooting should be able to sue Remington, which manufactured the gun the killer used. Sanders said no.

The Sanders campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Murphy’s criticism.

Sanders expanded on his point, telling the Daily News’ editorial board that people should be allowed to sue gun manufacturers and gun dealers in certain instances, but not for selling legal products.

“I do believe that gun manufacturers and gun dealers should be able to be sued when they should know that guns are going into the hands of wrong people,” he said. “So if somebody walks in and says, ‘I’d 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.”

Sanders said he would not call the Sandy Hook lawsuit “baseless” but pivoted to the importance of a ban on assault weapons.


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