Gun rights advocates in Vermont say Hillary Clinton’s comment about guns used in New York crimes is not only wrong, but a malicious lie.

When Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton told New York state lawmakers this week that criminals get their guns from Vermont, she may have forgotten to check her facts first.

The knock against the Green Mountain State doesn’t jibe with federal gun trace statistics, and is drawing harsh criticism from leading sportsmen’s groups.

“This is an out-and-out lie — I can’t state it any more clearly,” said Chris Bradley, president of the Vermont Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs. “She’s desperate to try to get to the left of Mr. Sanders, and she perceives he’s weak on guns when in fact he’s pretty consistent.”

Bradley said that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is the authority on tracing guns to their state of origin, and that BAFTE statistics show Vermont is not a major source of guns to any other state. Bradley added that Clinton’s comments, however misguided, tarnish Vermont’s image.

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