Hillary Clinton on Sunday appeared to waffle on the Second Amendment, stating there'd been a "nuanced reading" of it over the years, and talking about an individual's right to own a gun as a hypothetical.
In an interview on ABC News' "This Week," host George Stephanopoulos pressed the Democratic presidential front-runner on the amendment – which GOP presumptive nominee Donald Trump has accused Clinton of wanting to abolish.
Noting Clinton's rejection of Trump's accusation, Stephanopoulos asked, "Do you believe that an individual's right to bear arms is a constitutional right — that it's not linked to service in a militia?"
"I think that for most of our history there was a nuanced reading of the Second Amendment until the decision by the late Justice [Antonin] Scalia," she replied. "And there was no argument until then that localities and states and the federal government had a right — as we do with every amendment — to impose reasonable regulations. So I believe we can have common-sense gun safety measures consistent with the Second Amendment."
"But that's not what I asked," he countered, to which Clinton replied: "If it is a constitutional right, then it — like every other constitutional right — is subject to reasonable regulations."
"And what people have done with that decision is to take it as far as they possibly can and reject what has been our history from the very beginning of the republic, where some of the earliest laws that were passed were about firearms," she added, noting "responsible gun owners have a right."
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