Clinton’s Take: She said the U.S. Supreme Court might have trouble finding constitutional Washington, D.C.’s complete ban on all guns. She said there can be a balance between gun control and gun rights.
What works in New York City probably wouldn’t work in Montana, she said. Clinton said she wouldn’t support a federal law that tried to apply the same rules to all jurisdictions.
She would reinstate the “100,000 cops on the streets” policy that was created under her husband’s administration and make sure local police departments have access to federal information on illegal gun use.
Obama’s Take: He said the U.S .Constitution, as a general principle, gives Americans the right to bear arms, but that doesn’t mean the government can’t constrain that right. He compared it to the right to own property and the government’s ability to create zoning laws. He said he never favored an all-out ban on handguns.
-Gina Passarella, Staff Reporter