Hillary Clinton attempted to focus voters’ minds on gun control in New Hampshire on Wednesday, saying there was a “big difference” between her and Bernie Sanders on the issue.
Speaking alongside former congresswoman Gabby Giffords, who was shot in the head during a public event in 2011, Clinton moved to paint herself as the true opponent of the National Rifle Association.
“There have been a lot of good days when I have stood with friends like the Brady campaign and Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly to take on the gun lobby relentlessly, persistently,” she told voters in the state which holds the next primaries in the presidential race next Tuesday.
The Brady bill was named after James Brady, who was shot during the attempted assassination of Ronald Reagan in 1981. It was signed into law by Bill Clinton in 1993 and mandated federal background checks on gun purchases in the US.
Sanders voted against the bill. In 2005 he also voted for a bill that prevented gun manufacturers and dealers from being sued by third parties when their firearms are used criminally.
Last week he announced he would reverse that decision and co-sponsor a bill to repeal those protections.
However, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence has praised Clinton’s record on guns and continued to criticize Sanders.
“Hillary Clinton is not only a long-time champion of the life-saving Brady law, she has made gun violence prevention a centerpiece of her campaign,” Dan Gross, the organization’s president, said in statement on Tuesday. Gross noted Hillary’s Iowa victory speech highlighted her commitment “to stand up to the corporate gun lobby to build the safer America we all deserve”.
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