Donald Trump thinks his rival Hillary Clinton wants to change gun ownership rights, he said at a rally in Wilmington, North Carolina.
The Republican nominee refers to the next president’s power to appoint Supreme Court justices. He said that Mrs Clinton would put liberal justices on the Supreme Court if she wins the presidency in November, threatening gun ownership rights. “Hillary wants to abolish, essentially abolish, the second amendment,”
In his next words he suggested that people in order to stop her, could exercise their gun rights.“If she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks. Although the second amendment people, maybe there is, I don’t know. But I’ll tell you what, that will be a horrible day.”
The second amendment to the constitution protects the right of Americans to bear arms. Trump has accused Clinton of wanting to abolish it, a charge that she denies.
That remark sparked immediate reaction. Some accused Republican nominee in encouraging gun violence and threatening, while there were some supporters.
Robby Mook, Clinton’s campaign manager, said: “This is simple – what Trump is saying is dangerous. A person seeking to be the president of the United States should not suggest violence in any way.”
Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy via Tweeter said that "unstable people" who hate Mrs Clinton could respond.
Trump quickly replied that he was just urging gun rights supporters to vote in large numbers.
His campaign said: "Second Amendment people have amazing spirit and are tremendously unified, which gives them great political power. And this year, they will be voting in record numbers, and it won't be for Hillary Clinton, it will be for Donald Trump."
The National Rifle Association also backed Mr Trump and warned Mrs Clinton would pick judges that would not uphold the Second Amendment.
Although tightening of some gun laws is part of Clinton campaign, there is no ground to say that she wants to abolish the right to bear arms.