“That is not what I said at all,” Mr. Ellison said during a CNN debate between the candidates seeking to lead the Democratic National Committee, after he was asked about a 2012 appearance he made on Real Time with Bill Maher.
In the episode, Mr. Ellison told the HBO host that he supported “common-sense” gun rules.
When Mr. Maher countered that the party should come out against the Second Amendment, Mr. Ellison said, “I sure wish they would. I sure wish they would.”
In the CNN debate, Mr. Ellison said his comments are being taken out of context.