BELLEVUE, WA – New York Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton supports giving drivers’ licenses to illegal aliens, but she opposes right-to-carry statutes that provide concealed carry licenses for law-abiding American citizens and others who are here legally, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms said today.

“Based on her comments during Tuesday night’s debate,” said CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb, “Sen. Clinton must think people in this country illegally are entitled to greater rights than citizens and others who are here legally. Maybe it’s because she knows that illegal aliens would vote for her, while law-abiding American gun owners won’t.”

Gottlieb noted that Mrs. Clinton was the only presidential candidate, either Republican or Democrat, who ignored an invitation to appear at the recent Gun Rights Policy Conference in Ft. Mitchell, Kentucky, near Cincinnati. The annual conference is co-sponsored by CCRKBA and the Second Amendment Foundation.

“Every other candidate, both Republican and Democrat, either attended, called or sent their regrets that they could not attend,” Gottlieb said, “but Mrs. Clinton simply blew off the opportunity to speak to a representative cross-section of America’s 80 million gun-owning voters. Is it possible she doesn’t think she may need some of those 80 million votes, if she gets her party’s nomination?

“It is clear she wants special priveleges for illegal immigrants, yet she opposes allowing American citizens to carry firearms to protect themselves from illegal aliens and others who commit violent crimes,” he said.

“Since Hillary Clinton moved out of the White House early, so she could run for the Senate from New York as an obvious stepping stone toward her own run for the Oval Office,” Gottlieb stated, “she has supported every gun control measure to come along. She supports registration and licensing, she supports banning sport-utility rifles and magazine restrictions and she opposed legislation to prevent junk harassment lawsuits against the firearms industry.

“Hillary Clinton, like too many of her Democrat colleagues, has given mere lip service to gun owners with vague claims that she ‘supports’ the Second Amendment,” Gottlieb said. “It now appears that she is more interested in the welfare of people who don’t belong in this country, than in the civil rights of people who do belong here.”