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Bernie Sanders: Says he supported the 1994 crime bill because "there is a ban on assault weapons in that bill."

The Truth-o-Meter says: Half-True | Bernie Sanders, Chuck Todd debate crime bill vote, assault weapons ban

Bernie Sanders defended his vote supporting the 1994 crime bill during an interview on Meet the Press. Both he and Hillary Clinton have been criticized for their support of the legislation, which some say helped usher in the era of mass incarceration and decimate black communities. Sanders has pushed back, saying he only voted for the bill because of key safety provisions. The Sanders campaign offered the defense when we asked about it in September and in a recent press release. But that doesn’t add up, Meet the Press’ Chuck Todd pointed out on Feb. 28. …

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