A super PAC supporting the 2016 presidential candidacy of former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley is going after Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont on the issue of gun control.
A video put out Thursday by the group, Generation Forward, says Mr. Sanders voted against items like the Brady bill, which instituted federal background checks for gun purchases.
“Bernie Sanders is no progressive when it comes to guns,” one narrator says.
A separate video from the group highlighted Mr. O’Malley’s own record of banning so-called “assault rifles” and outlawing high-capacity magazines, labeling Mr. O’Malley “a proven leader on gun safety.”
In a new interview with NPR, Mr. Sanders said he supports gun control but that people in urban America need to respect the issue’s cultural ties with people in rural areas, such as in his home state of Vermont.
Mr. O’Malley was in sixth place at 1 percent in a new Fox News poll on the 2016 Democratic presidential nominating contest. Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton was in first at 61 percent and Mr. Sanders was in second at 15 percent.
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Asked about the spot Thursday, Mr. Sanders said he has a strong record on the issue.
“I come from a state that has virtually no gun control,” Mr. Sanders said, pointing out that he’s voted for a ban on so-called “assault weapons” and for gun-purchase background checks.
Mr. Sanders was responding to a question at a Capitol Hill news conference at which he unveiled legislation to increase estate tax rates on wealthy Americans.