Sanders: ‘I can get beyond the noise’ to pass gun rules
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Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersFive takeaways from Cruz, O'Rourke's fiery first debate Ben & Jerry’s co-founders announce effort to help 7 Dem House challengers Dems look to Gillum, Abrams for pathway to victory in tough states MORE is arguing that his record makes him the best qualified presidential candidate to push through new limits on guns.

Despite criticism that the Vermont Independent has been to the right of many liberals on gun rules, Sanders said on CNN’s “State of the Union” that he is best positioned to negotiate new restrictions preventing mentally ill people from acquiring weapons.

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“I do not accept the fact that I have been weak on this issue. I have been strong on this issue,” Sanders claimed.

“In fact, coming from a rural state that has almost no gun control, I think I can get beyond the noise and all of these arguments and people shouting at each other and come up with real constructive gun control legislation which, most significantly, gets guns out of the hands of people who should not have them,” he said.

Despite the fact that Sanders is considered among the most liberal Democrats on many issues, he has been more moderate on gun issues

That’s been a vulnerability for the senator — who has come within striking distance of Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonFive takeaways from Cruz, O'Rourke's fiery first debate Heller embraces Trump in risky attempt to survive in November Live coverage: Cruz, O'Rourke clash in Texas debate MORE in Iowa. 

Earlier this summer, a super-PAC supporting former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) chided Sanders for his stance on guns. 

This weekend, Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy (D) said that Clinton’s position on guns “is a lot more popular than his position” among Democrats.

On Sunday, Sanders trumpeted the fact that he has a “D-minus” lifetime voting record from the National Rifle Association, and has cast difficult votes in opposition to the group.