South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley got just what she wanted for Christmas — a nice, new handgun.
The Republican governor, who is a fierce advocate of the Second Amendment, revealed on her Facebook page that one of the gifts under her tree was a Beretta, according to South Carolina's The State.
Haley, who has a concealed gun permit, posted a picture of the weapon on the social media site and said, "Our family had a wonderful Christmas together! I must have been good, Santa gave me a Beretta PX4 Storm." The posting had received 86,000 "likes" by midday on Thursday.
On the official "On the Issues" governor's website, Haley declared that she's a strong advocate for the right to bear arms. "Few things are as clearly defined as the right of individual Americans to own and use firearms," she wrote under the headline, "Make Concealed Weapons Permits Easier."
She added, "I hold a Concealed Weapons Permit myself, and in this state we have issues that make it difficult for CWP holders to carry. As governor, I will continue to fight against any government infringement on the Second Amendment."
Just before the holidays, the governor's husband, National Guard Capt. Michael Haley, returned from a year-long deployment to Afghanistan, where he had narrow escapes
in two bomb scares.
The daughter of Indian immigrants, Haley was swept into office on a tide of tea party support in 2010 when she was a junior state legislator. She is standing for re-election next year. Democrat state Senator Vincent Sheheen is expected to be her main challenger.
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