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Biden Mansplains Gun Control to Klobuchar

Former vice president Joe Biden interrupted Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D., Minn.) Tuesday as the Minnesota Democrat touted gun-control legislation, taking credit for a bill he did not play a role in drafting.

"I am the author of the bill to close the boyfriend loophole that says that domestic abusers can't go out and get an AK-47," Klobuchar said during Tuesday night's debate.

"I wrote that law," Biden interjected.

Klobuchar was referring to the Protecting Domestic Violence and Stalking Victims Act, a bill she first sponsored in 2017 and reintroduced in 2019. Biden confused the legislation with the Violence Against Women Act, the 1994 law that he cosponsored in the Senate.

"I wrote the bill, the Violence Against Women's Act," Biden said when Klobuchar pushed back on his claim that he "wrote that law."

Klobuchar's bill aims to close what she often refers to as the "boyfriend loophole." Klobuchar claims the loophole means that "if you commit a serious crime of domestic abuse against your wife, you can't get a gun, but if you do it against your girlfriend, you can." However, the gun prohibition against domestic abusers does extend to boyfriends who are "similarly situated to a spouse."