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Trump Warning About Clinton's Judge Picks, 2nd Amendment Stirs Controversy

WASHINGTON ( — Donald Trump is suggesting that if Hillary Clinton gets to pick federal judges as president, there is nothing that can be done to protect the right to bear arms.

But then he added without elaboration that maybe supporters of the Second Amendment could figure out a way.

He said Tuesday at a rally in North Carolina, "By the way if she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks. Although the Second Amendment people, maybe there is, I don't know."

It wasn't immediately clear what Trump meant. His spokeswoman didn't immediately reply to a request for a clarification of his remarks.

The Republican presidential nominee made the comment Tuesday at a rally in Wilmington, North Carolina.

The Second Amendment provides a constitutional right to citizens to own guns.

During the event, he said falsely that Clinton "essentially wants to abolish the Second Amendment." Clinton supports some new restrictions on gun ownership, but has not advocated overturning the amendment.

Clinton's campaign manager, Robby Mook, responded with a statement

"This is simple -- what Trump is saying is dangerous. A person seeking to be President of the United States should not suggest violence in any way," the statement said.

Trump's campaign spokesman, Jason Miller, later responded.

"2nd 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 statement said.

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