Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden said Thursday he would seek to end gun manufacturers’ exemption from civil liability for gun violence on his first day in office, as he continued to draw a contrast with Bernie Sanders on firearms regulation.
“It is so long past time that we correct one of the most egregious special interest giveaways the United States Congress has ever engaged in – the civil liability protections granted to gun manufacturers against being sued by the victims of gun violence,” he said at a Las Vegas community center, joined by a dozen people who lost loved ones to gun violence, including Nevada Representative Steven Horsford, who endorsed Biden last week.
Biden has seized on gun safety as a key issue to use against Sanders, who is leading in Nevada polls ahead of the state’s nominating caucuses on Saturday.
Biden has criticized Sanders for his vote in favor of a 2005 law shielding gunmakers from lawsuits, which Biden said Thursday he would seek to repeal with legislation. Biden made a brief mention of the vote at Wednesday’s Democratic debate in Las Vegas but didn’t say Sanders’ name. He did not directly tie Sanders to the issue on Thursday, though he did name him when discussing the Brady Bill, which the Vermont senator opposed.