Fox News host co-host Brian Kilmeade said on May 23 that Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton "has never said she wants to abolish the Second Amendment" (video below).
Kilmeade made his comments on Fox and Friends in response to recent statements by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, whom the NRA has endorsed, notes MediaMatters.org.
"And one of the things that Donald Trump said in the last couple days was 'Hillary wants to abolish the Second Amendment through her Supreme Court nominees,'" co-host Steve Doocy asserted.
Doocy and co-host Ainsley Earhardt mentioned that Clinton has refused to give up her Secret Service guards, but neither said that Clinton could be getting death threats or that Democratic presidential candidate Bobby Kennedy was assassinated in 1968 while running for president.
But she has never said she wants to abolish the Second Amendment. So that's Donald Trump is going too a little extreme and I think she's going to the extreme, saying, "Donald Trump's America will have everyone shooting everybody." So you play it as you want to play it. For the longest time, Democrats have been afraid to approach the NRA. Don't even bring up the gun situation. Now all of a sudden that's a major risk for her to take on guns.
"Well, because her approach is, 'Oh, we're looking for common sense gun controls,'" Doocy added.
"Background checks," Earhardt stated.
"There are already hundreds of laws on the books," Doocy insisted. "The problem is, are those laws being enforced? And in many cases, they are not."
The Trace reported in January that unlicensed individuals (not licensed gun sellers) can legally transfer gun ownership without a background check in 23 states; the other 18 states and Washington D.C. require that a background check be made by a federally licensed firearms dealer (FFL).
"I was going to say, everyone, even NRA people, everyone who supports gun laws and Second Amendment, I believe they would all agree with you that they want to make sure that the right people are buying the guns," Earhardt added, which Doocy agreed with.
The NRA's Institute for Legislative Action (lobbying arm) states on its website: "NRA opposes expanding firearm background check systems, because background checks don’t stop serious criminals from getting guns and because NRA opposes gun registration."