The Latest: Clinton, Sanders clash over guns ahead of debate

The Latest: Clinton, Sanders clash over guns ahead of debate

By The Associated Press | Posted - Jan. 17, 2016 at 8:10 a.m.


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WASHINGTON (AP) — Here's the latest on the U.S. presidential race ahead of the Democratic debate Sunday night and the Iowa caucuses Feb. 1.

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9:30 a.m.

Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are clashing across the Sunday morning talk shows, with Sanders on the defensive over gun policy.

Hours before Sunday night's Democratic debate, Sanders announced his support for legislation that would reverse a 2005 law, which he supported, that grants legal immunity to gun manufacturers.

Sanders acknowledged he wanted to re-examine that law.

Sanders linked his support for the 2005 bill to his home state of Vermont, arguing he did not want to hurt small stores in his state. An amendment to the new legislation would require the federal government to monitor and report on the law's impact in rural areas to ensure it would not "negatively impact small gun stores" in rural America.

He says the new bill "makes some good changes, and we will be supportive of it."

The Clinton campaign derided Sanders' "debate-eve conversion." Hillary Clinton is battling Sanders for wins in Iowa and New Hampshire in the coming weeks.

Sanders made his comments on NBC's "Meet the Press."

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