Sorry, so many typos I'm going to repost:
Wow that quote sure gets a lot of play. I'm guessing if she said it she said in the context of "this is what they are afraid of, but it's not what we are doing." Context please? Link to the full article? I have found two things: a 30-minute press conference she gave on 1993-12-09, and an Associated Press report on the following day. An A.P. report is the one commonly cited in association with this reputed quote. It says nothing like that, except that Pres. Clinton wanted to "go further" than the waiting periods and background checks in the Brady Law. Reno goes into her personal views, which are that licensing gun owners is more important than registration of guns themselves. Here she is drawing a distinction between her own views and those of the White House, which was proposing registration. Reporter: "what do you thing about registration?" Reno: " I don't think [she stops, then] I don't like it." She was very blunt and clear, and generally you won't find too many news conferences like this by officeholders on C-SPAN nowadays, especially on gun control. So the quote make no sense and does not appear in the video or the A.P. articles.
Janet Reno and Clinton were both against firearms for felons. She was for owner licenses, with no registration of firearms. http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/52917-1 http://www.apnewsarchive.com/1993/Clinton-Talks-Tough-on-Crime-Mrs-Clinton-Joins-In/id-480dfa18d1c3d9f5149edd6177bb85d4 http://www.apnewsarchive.com/1993/Majorities-Back-Clinton-s-Gun-Control-Efforts-but-Oppose-Gun-Ban/id-58d85cfe2b91165518244c1d16cefa25
That is all an AP search turned up. It did say she appeared on all three major networks. "Attorney General Janet Reno said today she favored states taking action to restrict gun ownership. Reno, appearing on ABC, CBS and NBC, repeated her argument that gun ownership should require licensing just as driving a car does." She is in a sense more conservative than the White House, trying to leave the job in state hands, through the rubric of licensure.
The quote is commonly grouped with a bunch of other specious quotes, like gun control advocate Sarah Brady, whose entire career in the 1970s was working for Republicans, calling for a "socialist America."