December 5th, 2007
05:30 PM ET
14 years ago

Thompson does not have hunting license

Thompson said Wednesday he regrets not going hunting in a while.

COLUMBIA, South Carolina (CNN) - Fred Thompson has made a point of visiting gun shops and gun shows while hitting the campaign trail in New Hampshire and South Carolina, usually with camera crews in tow.

But Thompson said Wednesday he does not have a hunting license, nor has be been hunting recently.

"It's been too long, it's been too long," Thompson told CNN Wednesday.

Asked if he has a hunting license, Thompson said he currently does not.

"At the present time I do not, but I have been hunting plenty of times. I usually hunt birds and used to have my own skeet shoot, and I got a chance to shoot and practice a lot back then."

Thompson, an ardent defender of Second Amendment rights, was appearing in Columbia to pick up the endorsement of South Carolina Citizens for Life.

Just yesterday, Thompson appeared at Blue Ridge Shooting Sports in Greer, South Carolina where he handled a gun and said he is "pretty much a shotgun man these days."

Thompson also visited the Land and Sky Gun Show in Ladsen, South Carolina in late November, proclaiming it "a beautiful day in paradise."

At the CNN/YouTube debate on November 28, Thompson was asked if he owns a gun.

"I own a couple of guns, but I'm not going to tell you what they are or where they are," he said.

Thompson said Wednesday he wished he had more time to go hunting.

"It seems like other things seem to be getting in its way," he said.

- CNN South Carolina Producer Peter Hamby

Filed under: Fred Thompson • South Carolina
soundoff (63 Responses)
  1. RCM

    Hey MD, I think Thompson is showing that guns aren't about hunting.

    It's about our 2nd Amendment Right to Bear Arms. I bet Fred was making that very point when the CNN reporter turned away and skewed the quotes so that people like you would think there was something suspicious about a non-hunter being in a gunshop.

    Here's why: it's his Right to and he supports that!

    December 6, 2007 05:27 am at 5:27 am |
  2. mark wilkes barre pa

    So what if he doesn't hunt or hold a hunting license, I own plenty of guns and havent hunted in more years than I own guns. Not my idea of fun at my age to sit in the cold,snow up to my knees ,and wind, waiting for a deer to walk by to kill when I don't even like to eat the meat I can harvest from them. I have absolutly NO problem with those who do !! My father is a competition shooter for the paralized vets of america, he is in his 70's and its one of the few things he can still do well. he is ranked in NRA magazine. Last year he finished up his season 2nd overall only because he missed two events due too lack of sponsership. these events are held all over the USA. there are many reasons people want the freedom to own guns so why is fred not owning a hunting license one of them

    December 6, 2007 06:17 am at 6:17 am |
  3. HadaAbeche, KyongSangBukDo, S.Korea

    So he doesnt have a hunting license.....Does that make him an illegal gun rights advocate....??......A whole article on this by CNN......What a joke..!

    December 6, 2007 07:34 am at 7:34 am |
  4. Daniel, Bryan Texas

    SO? I own over $35,000 dollars in firearms, with plans to buy many more... and I don't have a hunting licence... why? I don't HUNT! The 2nd Amendment has NOTHING TO DO WITH HUNTING!!!!!!!!

    December 6, 2007 07:36 am at 7:36 am |
  5. Jen, Dublin, Ohio

    What does a hunting license have to do with supporting the 2nd Amendment???? Please go back and reread the 2nd Amendment!

    December 6, 2007 07:56 am at 7:56 am |
  6. Robb

    Hey, Bill Clinton bagged his game withour a license

    December 6, 2007 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
  7. Chad, Corpus Christi, TX

    I own many guns, I shoot regularly, and I carry a handgun with me everywhere I go. I'm 41 now, and I haven't been hunting since I was 17. I can shoot better than most hunters. The 2nd Amendment doesn't say a thing about hunting, and hunting has never been the purpose of the right to keep and bear arms.

    December 6, 2007 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
  8. Rachel, Middlebury, Indiana

    You people are CLUELESS!

    What does owning a gun and having a hunting liscence have to do with each other?


    LOL. This is hilarious!

    You people are so ignorant of the sencond amendment its frightening!

    December 6, 2007 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  9. Tim, Hixson, TN

    Wayne from Greenville has more postage stamps than children, so we know he values stamps over human beings.

    December 6, 2007 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  10. Seam, Philly PA

    oh GaVoter; city folks have guns too. Try coming to the hood, and you will see.

    December 6, 2007 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  11. Josh Painter, Springfield Missouri

    Somneone at the Clinton News Network should take the trouble to read the Second Amendment. It's not about hunting. It's about of the right of the people to arm themselves against tyranny. Fred understands this. Peter Hamby obviously doesn't. A more apt headline would read: "CNN Producer Takes Smear Shot at Thompson; Hits Own Foot"

    December 6, 2007 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  12. JN, Hayden, ID

    The 2nd Amendment has absolutely NOTHING to do with hunting!!! Are you people at CNN so stupid that you don't know that? Or is it because your liberal bias is so thick it doesn't matter? This is a non starter, and only gives more proof that CNN is truly the "Clinton News Network".

    Shame on you.

    December 6, 2007 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  13. Droz, Hoboken NJ

    No member of our olympic trap team has a hunting license either.

    December 6, 2007 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  14. A woman for the 2nd Amendment

    Wayne – What a preposterous assumption you made regarding Gavoters post. The fact that someone has more guns than children has nothing to do with their values. Would you suggest a gun collector have more children than guns to satisfy your illogical assumption? Many people who own guns do so because they realize the value of protecting human life. If everyone (who legally can) carried a gun, perhaps someone would have killed Robert Hawkins before he slaughtered so many people on Wednesday. Not to mention the many other massacres that hve taken place because no bystanders were equipped.

    December 6, 2007 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  15. John F, W Elkton OH

    I don't have a hunting license ether, I am not real interested in hunting, but I do own a # of guns & I enjoy shooting.
    The Lawyer behind the DC/Heller case is not even a gun owner!
    It's not about Fred hunting or not it's his stand to the 2nd ammendment, that counts.
    & the 2nd has nothing to to do with hunting.

    December 6, 2007 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  16. aaron Smithsburg, Maryland

    Hey wayne of Texas the chinese invented gun powder quite a few centuries ago. It's the people that don't value other peoples lives. Guns are the contingency plan for just such scenarios. Legal gun owners are the least likely to commit a crime. because they understand the great care and responsibility it takes to own a gun. Roll back the gun owners right to bear arm and you'd better hope there's alot of policemen in your neck of the woods to protect you, because your making yourself a victim. The bad guys are going have guns regardless. Who wants a bunch of jackboot cops patrolling their neighborhoods? Well evidently you? Those who would forfeit freedom for security deserve neither.

    December 6, 2007 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  17. Tom, Texas, USA

    Hahahahahaha. The Keith Kerr network actually "thinks" that I need a "hunting license" to fire one of my weapons at a Democrat party supporting thug attempting to kill me or steal my property.

    December 6, 2007 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  18. Ray, Kathleen GA

    And what is Peter Hamby's point? The 2nd Amendment isn't about hunting. Maybe Peter should actually read the Constitution next time.

    December 6, 2007 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  19. Truth Seeker

    Wayne in Greenville,

    If everyone carried a gun there would be a better chance of protecting children from crazy people like Dawson and the Columbine killers, to mention a few. Your post about Gavoters statement is an outrageously innacurate assumption. Gavoter knows the value of gun ownership for the right to protect. We need more courage in this country. Obviously, the goverenment can not always protect us. Sorry all you Socialists who want the government to take care of you; that's reality!

    December 6, 2007 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  20. Glen, Boston, MA

    I'm a strong supporter of the right to bear arms, but I have a question. Whenever someone goes on a shooting rampage, some gun-advocates always come out and complain that if only some citizen had a gun, it could have all been prevented.

    And yet, the second amendment clearly states "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." It does not say anything about everybody running around with guns (especially since we now live in a predominantly urban culture), only about being able to form a militia that commits itself to military training and precision. Are all of these advocates of gun rights involved in militia I don't know about, or is the NRA crowd taking the interpretation to an extreme? just curious.

    December 6, 2007 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  21. therealist

    The boy in Nebraska didn't value guns or life.

    December 6, 2007 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  22. GaVoter

    I value my children and take my fatherly responsibilities seriously. Therefore, not only do I own a gun but I know how to use it and will teach them how to use it properly at the right time. As every father should..

    December 6, 2007 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  23. Robb

    Wayne in Greeneville – I can assure you, the mall shooter didn’t have a dad like GaVoter. And I bet you the guys that gunned down Sean Taylor didn’t have fathers like him as well … guys that take their kids out in the woods and spent some valuable father/son time together … passing down the traditions of our heritage.

    See … that’s the problem … elitist like you wear down our heritage. And try to fill the void in by giving credence to people like that fat dude who made the Columbine movie (can’t remember his name).

    December 6, 2007 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  24. Phil, Mobile, AL

    The Second Amendment is more about having the ability to protect yourself from those who would hunt YOU.

    December 6, 2007 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  25. fester, arcadia, michigan

    I guess i dont get the spin on this. What does hunting have to do with anything but a weak attempt at a propagandist lean to the article? My wife can and will stop an armed intruder, but doesn't hunt. God Bless America!

    December 6, 2007 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
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