The National Rifle Association (NRA) has faced heavy criticism after it expressed support for the second amendment just hours after a shooting in Colorado left 10 dead on Monday.

Taking to Twitter a day later, the organisation quoted the US constitution, which grants people the right “to keep and bear arms”.

They tweeted: “A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”

The attack on a Kings Sooper grocery store in Boulder is reported to have taken place on Monday at 2:50pm local time (8:50pm GMT).

Of the 10 killed in the shooting, one was confirmed as being a Boulder police officer. A suspect is now in custody.

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Just after 6am MST on Tuesday (12pm GMT), the NRA shared its quote from the second amendment, in a post which has been described as “insensitive” by users on Twitter:

Others commented on the wording of the amendment itself in light of yesterday’s tragic events:

The NRA is yet to respond to the criticism.

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