A North Carolina senator takes back comment that a picture of Hillary Clinton should have a bullseye on it

North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr was captured in leaked audio obtained by CNN implying a picture of Hillary Clinton’s face should be used for target practice.

Burr made the comment while visiting a gun shop and with a crowd of Second Amendment supporters. He apparently noticed a magazine about rifles with Clinton’s face on the cover.

“I was a little bit shocked at that — it didn’t have a bullseye on it,” Burr said to the crowd.

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump made a similar remark in August when he implied advocates of the Second Amendment could shoot Clinton to stop her from appointing Supreme Court justices with anti-gun rights agendas.

Signs with bullseye marks affixed over Clinton’s face have been seen at Trump’s campaign rallies in recent days.

In the 44-minute audio clip, Burr can also be heard echoing comments made by Trump that the media was biased — and that the press allegedly treated him unfairly during his reelection campaign.

“I sort of felt like Donald Trump. The North Carolina media is disgusting,” Burr said.”They slam me every time get an opportunity.

Burr later walked back his remarks: “The comment I made was inappropriate, and I apologise for it,” Burr wrote.

Burr is campaigning against Democrat Deborah Ross in a race that could help determine whether Republicans maintain control of the Senate.

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