Conn. governor hits Sanders on guns
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Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy is criticizing Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOmar: Biden not the candidate to 'tackle a lot of the systematic challenges that we have' Seven takeaways from a busy Democratic presidential campaign weekend in Iowa Democrats go all out to court young voters for 2020 MORE (I-Vt.) on gun control, suggesting the presidential hopeful’s views are out of step with the Democratic Party.

Malloy, who has become an outspoken advocate of gun control since the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in his state, suggested the positions of Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDemocrats go all out to court young voters for 2020 Pelosi: Whistleblower complaint 'must be addressed immediately' Election meddling has become the new normal of US diplomacy MORE — the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination — are closer to where most Democratic voters are.

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“Her position among the Democrats is a lot more popular than his position,” Malloy said of Sanders. “There’s a difference.”

Malloy, who was dispatched to New Hampshire to campaign on behalf of Clinton, brought up Sanders’s vote against the Brady bill as a member of the House, according to the Stamford Advocate.

The Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act of 1993 established a federal background check program and mandated waiting periods on gun purchases.

The governor called Sanders’s record on guns “anathema to my own.”

“I don’t understand it,” he said at a meeting with Clinton organizers in Manchester, N.H.

Sanders’s campaign manager has described the senator’s position as “very moderate” when it comes to guns, citing a strong hunting culture in Vermont.

The liberal candidate has said he supports stricter gun regulation.

“Nobody should have a gun who has a criminal background, who’s involved in domestic abuse situations,” Sanders said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” last month. “Second of all, I believe that we need to make sure that certain types of guns used to kill people exclusively, not for hunting, they should not be sold in the United States of America.”

Sanders leads the Democratic primary field in New Hampshire, drawing 40 percent support, according to the RealClearPolitics Average. Clinton narrowly trails him with 39 percent support, followed by Vice President Biden with more than 6 percent support.