NRA calls Bernie Sanders' comments on gunmaker liability 'spot on'

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Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders received praise on Monday from a group that may put him in an awkward position.

The National Rifle Association posted a tweet in support of a comment the Vermont senator made on gun industry immunity during a heated exchange in Sunday night's Democratic debate with his rival, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

"Sen. Sanders was spot-on in his comments about gun manufacturer liability/PLCAA," the gun lobby tweeted. The post was accompanied by a graphic of the senator's remarks: "What you're talking about is ending gun manufacturing in America. I don't agree with that.

The group later tweeted: "Hillary & Bernie are equally bad on #2A. But on untrustworthiness on all topics, @HillaryClinton is unrivaled."

During the debate, which was televised live from Flint, Michigan, host Anderson Cooper asked Sanders and Clinton if they support a lawsuit filed by families of the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting victims. The suit is against Remington Arms Company, which manufactured the weapon the gunman used. Cooper said it might not go anywhere because of a law Sanders backed in 2005 that shields gun manufacturers from certain lawsuits when someone legally buys a gun and then intentionally misuses it.

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Sanders argued that he doesn't agree with Clinton that gun manufacturers should be held accountable if a crime is committed with their product.

"If you go to a store and you legally purchase a gun, and three days later you go out and start killing people, is the point to hold the gun shop owner or the manufacturer of that gun liable? If that's the point, I disagree," he said. "If they are selling a product to a person who buys it legally, what you're talking about is ending gun manufacturing in America."

Clinton, who voted against the bill when she was a senator from New York, argued, "No other industry in America has absolute immunity."

But PolitiFact rated Clinton's statement as "false," saying the law specifies situations in which the gun industry can be sued. "Further, Congress has passed a number of laws that protect a variety of business sectors from lawsuits in certain situations, so the situation is not unique to the gun industry," the site reported.

Clinton's campaign used the NRA's tweets to support its argument that Sanders, an independent who caucuses with Democrats, is weak and out of touch on guns.

Ian Sams, a spokesman for the Clinton campaign, tweeted, "While the NRA defends @BernieSanders, it attacks @HillaryClinton. What more do we need to know?"

In the debate, Sanders emphasized that he has a D-minus rating from the NRA.

PHOTOS: Celebrities who endorse Bernie Sanders

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Killer Mike of Run the Jewels 

The rapper has been very vocal within the hip-hop community about his endorsement of Sanders, and even introduced him at an Atlanta rally. 

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Danny DeVito 

In August 2015, the 'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia' actor took to Twitter, saying, "Bernie Sanders...you're our only hope Obi-Wan Kenobi". 

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Mark Ruffalo

Ruffalo used Twitter to share his political stance on January 17th of this year, saying, "@BernieSanders is preferred 2-1 by young people because they know his means what he says."

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Susan Sarandon 

In June of last year, Sarandon posted a video titled 'Flashback: Rep. Bernie Sanders Opposes Iraq War' along with the caption "We need a leader who is courageous and levelheaded in times of crisis:Bernie Sanders ‪#‎Bernie2016‬.

The liberal activist has since been seen campaigning for Sanders in Portland, Maine and introducing him on the campaign trail. 

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Belinda Carlisle

Back in August of last year, the lead singer of The Go-Go's tweeted, "yes, I switched teams...my candidate!" above an announcement that Bernie Sanders would be joining CNN's State of the Union. 

Ever since then she has been an avid supporter on social media. 

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Justin Long 

The 'Dodgeball' actor introduced Bernie Sanders at a campaign event in Des Moines shortly before the Iowa Caucus. 

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Sarah Silverman 

Sarah Silverman was among other celebs who headlined a fundraiser for the presidential candidate at Hollywood’s Laugh Factory on January 26th. 

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George Lopez 

After tweeting "WATCHA I Am #feelingthebern. Today I'm proud to officially endorse @BernieSanders for President" late last year, the actor has made headlining appearances at Sanders' fundraising events. 

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Spike Lee 

After citing his endorsement on a radio show recently, he elaborated on his commitment to Sanders, saying: “Bernie was at the March on Washington with Dr. King. He was arrested in Chicago for protesting segregation in public schools. He fought for wealth and education equality throughout his whole career. No flipping, no flopping. Enough talk. Time for action.”

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