When you need the support of upstate rubes to hold onto your Senate seat, you say one thing. When you’re running for president, competing with other Democrats to demonstrate how many restrictions on the Second Amendment you can propose, you say something else.
On the question of outright banning certain firearms for cosmetic features, bullets of any random size, or banning magazines holding an arbitrary number of cartridges, I am adamantly opposed and do not believe that laws should be based on random limits just for the sake of limiting gun ownership or usage.
Furthermore the attempt to limit the purchase of firearms to arbitrary time periods – such as “one-gun-a-month” – will not solve any crimes and will only [curtail] the Constitutional rights of law abiding citizens.
I share your concerns about these and other attempts that could contribute to the slippery slope of government confiscation of people’s firearms based on the arbitrary whim of politics and public opinion.
– Senator Kirsten Gillibrand in a 2008 letter to the National Rifle Association
— NRA (@NRA) August 12, 2019