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Trump fact check: Does Clinton want to abolish Second Amendment rights?

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"My opponent wants to essentially abolish the Second Amendment," Donald Trump said during his speech at the GOP convention Thursday, a charge he and other Republicans have made in the past.

In May, Trump's language was even marginally stronger. "Hillary Clinton wants to abolish the Second Amendment," he said at a campaign event. But is the charge true?

Clinton advocates expanding gun control measures -- including expanded background checks, a no-fly, no-buy ban for people on terrorist or no-fly lists, repealing a law that protects gun sellers and manufacturers from legal liabiliyand a reinstatement of the assault weapons ban, but she has not said that she wants to take away guns. suggests that the claim may be based on a 2015 speech in which Clinton said that "the Supreme Court is wrong on the Second Amendment, and I am going to make that case every chance I get."

But while that sounds like she's threatening the gun right, goes on to point out that her comments were strictly limited the 2008 Supreme Court ruling that said the Washington, D.C. handgun ban was unconstitutional.

Campaign spokesman Josh Schwerin told that Clinton "believes Heller [the Supreme Court case] was wrongly decided in that cities and states should have the power to craft common sense laws to keep their residents safe."

Clinton has spoken up for Second Amendment rights on several occasions, including in this tweet.

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