UPDATE: 4:45 p.m. EDT — The National Rife Association responded to Republican nominee Donald Trump's implication Tuesday that Second Amendment supporters might be able to stop Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and her would-be judge picks from pushing gun control. 

Meanwhile, the United States Secret Service — which has agents guarding both Trump and Clinton as they campaign — told the Guardian it was aware of the remark.

UPDATE: 4:11 p.m. EDT — Donald Trump's campaign quickly released a statement Tuesday regarding his remarks about the Second Amendment and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in Wilmington, North Carolina.

"It’s called the power of unification — Second Amendment people have amazing spirit and are tremendously unified, which gives them great political power," Jason Miller, the campaign’s senior communications adviser, said in a statement. "And this year, they will be voting in record numbers, and it won’t be for Hillary Clinton, it will be for Donald Trump."

Original story:

Forget the baby scandal — Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump made the internet do a collective double-take Tuesday when he appeared to suggest his rival, Democrat Hillary Clinton, be shot.

Speaking in Wilmington, North Carolina, Trump was talking about how Clinton supports gun control. He said she wanted to get rid of the Second Amendment, which protects Americans' right to bear arms, and then seemed to link it to the vacancy on the United States Supreme Court. 

"Hillary wants to abolish, essentially abolish, the Second Amendment," Trump said, according to ABC reporter Candace Smith. "By the way, and if she gets to pick — if she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks. Although the Second Amendment people — maybe there is. I don't know."

Reporters watching the rally immediately turned to Twitter with questions and concerns.