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Sanders Says Gun Control Not a ‘Magic Formula’

Bernie Sanders discussed gun control on Sunday, saying that reform could help prevent terror attacks, but that there wasn’t an easy solution to the problem.

“I don’t think anybody believes it’s a magic formula,” Sanders said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.” “Clearly, though, there is a commonsense consensus in this country that guns should not be falling into the hands of people who should not be having them.”

“And obviously it goes without saying, I don’t think it’s hard to understand, that terrorists or potential terrorists should not have guns,” he said. “People who are being barred from flying on airplanes should not have guns.”

The Hill reports:

Sanders, who is more moderate on guns than his Democratic primary rivals, also defended his record of voting across party lines on firearm issues, saying he does not think small gun sellers should be accountable for the actions of their customers.

“There were elements in that vote back then that did make sense, in the sense that if a small gun shop owner in Vermont sells a product, a gun, legally to somebody else, who then goes out and does something crazy, do I think that that small gun shop owner should be held liable for legally selling the product? No, I don’t,” he said.

He said he would, however, support a ban on assault weapons.

“We should be doing everything that we can as a country to make sure weapons do not get into the hands of people who should not have them,” he said.

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