"Sen. Sanders was spot-on in his comments about gun manufacturer liability/PLCAA," tweeted the NRA. "What you're really talking about is ending gun manufacturing in America. I don't agree with that."
The comments stemmed from an offensive jab by Sanders' opponent, Hillary Clinton during Sunday's debate. Clinton attacked Sanders over his voting record on gun legislation, but the Senator was quick to respond, directing the audience to the specific lawsuit in question.
"If you go to a gun stoere and you legally purchase a gun and then three days later you go out and you start killing people, is the point of this lawsuit to hold the gun shop owner or the manufacture of that gun liable? If that is the point I have to tell you I have to disagree," the Senator said.
Clinton's team pounced on the opportunity to bring the NRA's comments praising Sanders to the public's attention. Staffer Ian Sams tweeted about the NRA affirmation, framing it as if republican super PACs were lining up to throw their weight behind Sanders.
Given the Senator's stance on allowing moneyed interests to influence policies, however, it is not likely that Sanders is jumping into bed with the republican establishment. More likely, he was giving an honest opinion on a complex issue.