Clinton Unclear on Guns; Would She Ban Private Ownership?

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Throughout her presidential campaign, Hillary Clinton has said she supports the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding gun owners. Many gun rights advocates say they fear she will reopen the door for cities and states to ban private ownership of handguns, pointing to her repeated comments questioning a key Supreme Court ruling on gun ownership. Even liberal Second Amendment experts have called some of Clinton’s explanations of her position “odd,” reports The Guardian.

As one law professor who supports gun rights put it, Clinton on guns is like a Republican politician who claims she supports abortion rights, even as she opposes Roe v. Wade. At the final presidential debate last week, Clinton reiterated her position that the Supreme Court was wrong in its 2008 decision that overturned Washington, D.C.’s ban on handgun ownership, as well as a law that required other guns in homes to be “kept nonfunctional.” Clinton had dodged giving a clear answer about her opinion of the ongoing case during a presidential primary debate in early 2008, though she suggested that the high court would probably find a full ban on handguns unconstitutional. But in 2015,  Clinton told an audience at a private event that “the Supreme Court is wrong on the Second Amendment. And I am going to make that case every chance I get.” A 2008 Gallup poll found that 73 percent of Americans believed the second amendment “guarantees the rights of Americans to own guns.” In last week’s debate, she said she supports “an individual right to bear arms”. Her comments have given the National Rifle Association and Donald Trump continuing fuel for their argument that what she really wants to do is re-open the door for cities and states to “ban private gun ownership”.

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