During Wednesday night’s presidential debate, Hillary Clinton defended her disagreement with the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision on gun rights by saying it was about keeping toddlers from gaining access to firearms.
But her statement ignores the main holding in the 2008 decision, in which the justices overturned a long-standing law in the District of Columbia that largely banned handgun ownership in the city.
“What the District of Columbia was trying to do was to protect toddlers from guns,” the Democratic candidate said about the decision in District of Columbia v. Heller.
“So they wanted people with guns to safely store them, and the court didn’t accept that reasonable regulation. But they’ve accepted many others, so I see no conflict between saving people’s lives and defending the Second Amendment,” Mrs. Clinton said.
The court’s ruling did strike down a city provision that required those who own firearms, such as rifles and shotguns, to keep them either unloaded and disassembled or bound by a trigger lock in their homes.