The Secret Service says its agents have had a chat with Donald Trump's campaign about Trumps' comments that some interpreted as a veiled threat against rival presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton.
The Republican candidate was addressing supporters at a rally on August 9 when he made an appeal to gun owners, telling them Clinton will push for tighter gun control legislation if she's elected.
"Hillary wants to abolish -- essentially abolish the Second Amendment," Trump said, CNN reports. "By the way, if she gets to pick, 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 tell you what, that will be a horrible day, if Hillary gets to put her judges in, right now we're tied."
The Trump campaign says the Republican businessman was referring to the National Rifle Association and the pro-gun rights lobby, which has been successful at pushing back against gun control legislation over the years.
But Trump's opponents, talking heads and media organizations jumped on the comments, many of them interpreting Trump's words as a call for gun owners to assassinate Clinton.
Meanwhile, according to CNN, a Secret Service official confirmed that agents had spoken to the Trump campaign about the comments.
Trump dismissed the allegations during an interview on Fox News.
"This is a political movement. This is a strong political movement, the Second Amendment," Trump told political commentator Sean Hannity. "And there can be no other interpretation ... I mean, give me a break."
Clinton seized the opportunity to attack her opponent.
"Words matter my friends, and if you are running to be president or you are president of the United States, words can have tremendous consequences," the former Secretary of State said, per CNN. "Yesterday we witnessed the latest in a long line of casual comments from Donald Trump that cross the line."
A report in TIME claimed a former Secret Service official -- whom the magazine did not name -- said Trump was "pretty close to the edge" of breaking U.S. law with his comments.
“He’s not gonna act on this," the anonymous official reportedly said. "But you don’t know what you’re encouraging other people to do.”