North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr apologizes for Clinton gun-shop 'bullseye' quip

Sen. Richard Burr regrets his Hillary Clinton "bullseye" quip
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Last weekend, Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) told a rally in Mooresville, North Carolina, that when he walked into a gun shop recently, "nothing made me feel better" than seeing a magazine about rifles "with a picture of Hillary Clinton on the front," CNN reported Monday. Burr, in a tight re-election fight against Democratic challenger Deborah Ross, added, "I was a little bit shocked at that — it didn't have a bullseye on it." The crowd laughed and Burr added that the magazine did list candidates gun advocates should vote for, "so let me assure you, there's an army of support out there right now for our candidates."

When confronted with audio of the rally, Burr told CNN on Monday that "the comment I made was inappropriate, and I apologize for it." A Burr spokesman clarified that Burr was not suggesting that gun owners should want to shoot Clinton, but rather that he felt "better" that gun-rights groups were supporting Republican candidates.

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