Former Vice President Joe Biden on Friday doubled down on an earlier call to sue firearms makers for gun violence, though federal law currently protects them from such liability litigation.
During a debate for the remaining qualified 2020 Democrats presidential candidates, Biden used his time to address gun control by first attacking Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) over his support for the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA), the law that shields gunmakers from liability suits.
Biden said Sanders’ support for that law was a “mistake” that gave “gun manufacturers … a loophole that does not allow them to be sued for the carnage they are creating.”
He added, “The first thing I’m going to do as president is work to get rid of that, and it’s going to hard.”
The former vice president’s penchant for suing gun makers isn’t new. In October, Biden put repealing the PLCAA at the head of a gun control “wish list.”
Speaking at the MSNBC / Gabby Giffords / March for Our Lives gun control forum in Las Vegas, Biden criticized the protections firearm manufacturers receive for guns that are legally made and sold.
“No other outfit in history has gotten this kind of protection,” he said, adding those protections would “change overnight” if he were president.