"A very important and respected, in some circles, Democrat said we should get rid of our Second Amendment", Mr. Trump said, almost at a loss for words.

The National Rifle Association also issued a statement in response to Stevens' essay.

If we want to avoid a repeal of the Second Amendment, as advocated by former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, it's time to act now to pass significant gun reform.

Gun rights lawyer Jim Astrachan, of Astrachan Gunst Thomas PC in Baltimore, told Bloomberg Law that "it is a terrible idea to suggest that the Constitution be amended to reflect ideas, or ideology, that are now popular".

Asked at a White House briefing whether President Donald Trump had any reaction to Stevens' comments, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the president and administration "still fully support the Second Amendment".

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"My view honestly is that the Second Amendment shouldn't be the focus".

He wrote that people like those who participated in the March for Our Lives protests in Washington, D.C., and around the world last weekend could make a big difference by working for a constitutional change.

"We think that the focus has to remain on removing weapons from unsafe individuals, not on blocking all Americans from their constitutional rights", she said. As much as Democrats would like to see this happen, and despite the words yesterday of former Supreme Court Justice Stevens, NO WAY.

Stevens was on the losing end of a 2008 ruling, District of Columbia v. Heller, for which the high court upheld the Second Amendment's right to bear arms for self-defense.

NRA appreciates the outspoken support of President Trump for our Second Amendment freedoms. "I don't think the second Amendment grants an individual the right to bear arms the way it's been interpreted today".