US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump accused Hillary Clinton of wanting to strip Americans of their guns during a campaign event in Rock Hill, South Carolina, on 8 January.

"We have a president that wants to kill the second amendment. We have Hillary Clinton who wants to destroy and take your guns away. She wants to take your guns away. And frankly you can't do that with an executive order," Trump said.

Earlier in the week, US President Barack Obama ordered stricter gun rules that he can impose without Congress and urged voters to reject pro-gun candidates. He made it clear he does not expect gun laws to change during his remaining year in office but pledged to do what he can to make gun control a theme in the months leading up to the November election to replace him.