Chelsea Clinton said Thursday at an event in Maryland that there is now an opportunity for gun control legislation to pass the Supreme Court since Justice Antonin Scalia passed away.
"It matters to me that my mom also recognizes the role the Supreme Court has when it comes to gun control. With Justice Scalia on the bench, one of the few areas where the Court actually had an inconsistent record relates to gun control," Clinton said. "Sometimes the Court upheld local and state gun control measures as being compliant with the Second Amendment and sometimes the Court struck them down."
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Clinton then touted her mother's record on gun control issues and knowledge that the Supreme Court has an effect on whether many gun control laws stand.
"So if you listen to Moms Demand Action and the Brady Campaign and the major efforts pushing for smart, sensible and enforceable gun control across our country, disclosure, have endorsed my mom, they say they believe the next time the Court rules on gun control, it will make a definitive ruling," Clinton said. "So it matters to me that my mom is the only person running for president who not only constantly makes that connection but also has a strong record on gun control and standing up to the NRA.
"This is one of those issues I didn't know I could care more about until I became a mother. And I think every day about the Sandy Hook families whose children every day, don't come home from school. And I can't even imagine that living horror and tragedy."
Hillary Clinton and her opponent for the Democratic presidential nomination, Sen. Bernie Sanders, have routinely sparred over gun control measures during their campaigns. Clinton has an "F" rating from the NRA, and she has routinely tried to hit Sanders from the left during the 2016 campaign.