Donald Trump on Friday told the National Rifle Association that Hillary Clinton would take away the right to bear arms — a position the Democratic front-runner has never taken and immediately denounced.
Moments after the gun group endorsed Trump, the presumptive GOP nominee dove right into attacking Clinton, saying she “wants to abolish the Second Amendment.”
“We’re not going to let that happen,” Trump said. “We’re going to preserve it, we’re going to cherish it.”
Clinton, who swiftly rebutted Trump’s remarks, has called for universal background checks and stricter controls on firearms, but has never called for the abolition of the 2nd Amendment. In fact, on her website, she calls gun ownership “part of the fabric of many law-abiding communities.”
Trump’s claim reiterated a statement he made earlier in the month, though on Friday, he suggested that Clinton would take away gun rights via the Supreme Court.
“If she gets to appoint her judges, she will abolish the Second Amendment,” Trump told an enthusiastic crowd. “In my opinion, that’s what she’s going to go for.”
She quickly responded to Trump’s speech on Twitter.
“You’re wrong, @realDonaldTrump. We can uphold Second Amendment rights while preventing senseless gun violence,” she tweeted.