North Carolina Senator Richard Burr is apologizing for saying he was surprised that a gun magazine with a photo of Hillary Clinton on the cover hadn't put a bull's-eye over her face.
The senator made the comment Saturday during a private gathering of Republicans. CNN obtained audio from the event.
Burr is heard saying he saw a copy of American Rifleman in a gun shop. He said: "It's got a picture of Hillary Clinton on the front of it. I was a little bit shocked that it didn't have a bull's-eye on it." His Democratic challenger, Deborah Ross, says on Twitter that his comments are "dangerous and irresponsible."
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Burr's comment echoed what Donald Trump had said in August when the Republican presidential candidate urged 'second amendment folks' to deal with Hillary Clinton.
Burr says in a letter to The Raleigh News & Observer, "The comment I made was inappropriate, and I apologize for it."