Obama ‘will get his’ ‘tough on crime’ law in Senate
Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-VT, said on Thursday he was confident President Barack Obama will sign legislation to address gun violence in the United States.
“I think that we will see the president sign the bill.
He’ll get his.
It’s a matter of when, not if,” Sanders told CNN.
Sanders is the only Democrat who has announced he is backing the Senate bill, which was endorsed by former President Bill Clinton.
Sanders, a Vermont independent who caucuses with the Democratic Party, is calling for the immediate passage of a bill he called “the most comprehensive gun control measure” he has seen in a long time.
Sanders and Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-NY, have been pressing the White House to sign the legislation, which would make it a felony for a private citizen to own a firearm and a misdemeanor for a corporation to do so.
The measure would also require private gun owners to have a background check on their customers, but it would exempt individuals from background checks for firearms they purchase from federally licensed dealers.
Sanders said he supported the bill because it “would stop the massacre of American children.”
The legislation, he added, is “an important first step toward keeping guns out of the hands of dangerous people who should never have access to them.”
The measure passed the Senate Judiciary Committee, but has been stalled in the House of Representatives.
Sanders called on Republicans to support the bill as well.
“If the Republican Congress and President Obama want to end this carnage in this country, they need to support this legislation,” Sanders said.