In conjunction with an effort to hail Mary gun control measures through the Senate on Thursday, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders made clear his feelings on gun laws.
The independent from Vermont is running a distant second to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for the 2016 Democratic Presidential nomination race and has in the past voted for several pro-gun issues. On Thursday, he flipped the script and went all-in on just about every anti-gun measure discussed on the Hill in the past couple decades while flanked by Sen. Charlie Schumer, D-NY, and Connecticut Sens. Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal.
According to Sanders:
“We need to significantly expand and improve background checks. Who is arguing that people who should not have guns because of a criminal background, because of mental problems should not be able to purchase guns? Very few Americans disagree with that.
“We need to renew the assault weapons ban. We need to end the sale of high capacity magazines.
“We need to make gun trafficking a federal crime and give law enforcement the tools they need to get illegal guns off the streets.
“We need to close the gun show loophole, as well as loopholes that allow gun purchasers to buy a gun after the waiting period expires without a completed background check.
“We need to close loopholes that allow domestic abusers and stalkers to obtain guns.
“We need to strengthen penalties for straw purchasers who buy guns from licensed dealers on behalf of someone prohibited from purchasing a gun.”