October 20, 2016
Pushed on her beliefs about the Second Amendment, Hillary Clinton defended her support of Washington, D.C.’s now defunct handgun ban as part of a larger effort to protect children from firearm-related accidents.
When asked her opposition to D.C. v. Heller, the landmark Supreme Court case overturning the ban, the Democrat said she “disagreed with the way the court applied the Second Amendment in that case.”
“Because what the District of Columbia was trying to do was protect toddlers from guns,” Clinton said. “They wanted people with guns to safely store them, and the court didn’t accept that reasonable regulation.”
While the D.C. City Council did cite “reducing the potentiality” of gun-related accidents as a chief motivation for the firearm ban, accidental gun fatalities in the District were rare at that time according to D.C.’s Department of Human Resources.