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Flip-Flop? Bernie Sanders Now Supports Repealing Gun Manufacturer Immunity

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Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt, speaks during a campaign rally in Springfield, Mass. The state where Hillary Clinton and Sanders will meet to debate on Tuesday, Oct. 13, for the first time is evidence of why she's still the front-runner. Clinton has staff organizing on the ground for months in Nevada and they know how to navigate the state's baroque caucus system. (AP/Michael Dwyer)

CHARLESTON, S.C. (TheBlaze/AP) — Democratic Sen. Bernie Sanders is announcing his support for legislation that would reverse a 2005 law granting gun manufacturers legal immunity that he once supported.

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

His changed position, announced on the eve of Sunday's Democratic debate, comes after days of attacks from rival Hillary Clinton.

Clinton has used Sanders' earlier vote to undercut his liberal image. She says guns are a major difference between them, and her campaign casts Sanders' new support as a reversal, with chairman John Podesta calling it a "debate-eve conversion" on Twitter:

Sanders aides say the decision is not a flip-flop, arguing that he backed the 2005 law because of provisions that require child safety locks on guns and ban armor-piercing ammunition.

The two candidates are speaking at a dinner for the South Carolina Democratic Party.

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