South Carolina governor got a gun from ‘Santa’
December 26th, 2013
01:36 PM ET
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South Carolina governor got a gun from ‘Santa’

(CNN) – Like many Americans, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley chose to share what she got for Christmas via social media.

Santa’s gift for the first-term Republican? A semi-automatic pistol.

“Our family had a wonderful Christmas together! I must have been good. Santa gave me a Beretta PX4 Storm,” Haley said in an Instagram post that included a photo of the weapon.

Haley has an “A” rating from the National Rifle Association, and hasn’t been shy about her fondness for guns in the past, including by test-firing a fully automatic machine gun at a state firearms manufacturer over the summer. Her husband is a member of the Army National Guard.

Haley announced over the summer that she is seeking a second term in her conservative, GOP-leaning state.

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soundoff (180 Responses)
  1. Anonymous

    Sweet, I wish I had gotten one too.

    December 26, 2013 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  2. sftmayes


    Sounds like someone can't appreciate the Christmas season. Rather than enjoying it for the reason of the season, you like to demean people with big old words. Great JOB!

    December 26, 2013 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  3. Tumbleweed

    Good for her! She's setting an example to all women that it's OK to have a firearm for self-defense like our Founding Fathers intended. The benefits of gun ownership far outweigh the detriments but you never hear about that.

    December 26, 2013 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  4. sftmayes

    Seriously people! Can't we just enjoy the season rather than demeaning each other. A few of you need to learn to live lives that are joyful and fulfilled rather than becoming so bitter and evil. If we can't enjoy Christmas, no matter what party we are in, maybe we are all headed to a place where Christmas means nothing!

    December 26, 2013 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  5. Tim

    Smart and practical. Way to go Nikki!

    December 26, 2013 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  6. Hmmmm

    Santa needs better taste in pistols.

    December 26, 2013 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  7. Tom

    Apparently Santa or Haley or both enjoy some of the finer things in life. Now if only he would have brought some ammo!

    December 26, 2013 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  8. unretired05

    I would have thought a pistol Made in the USA would have been more appropriate. Mine are.

    December 26, 2013 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  9. Demigod Vadik, CA

    Great, she got another gun to add to her collection of 8 guns she already has...

    ...maybe he should have gotten her a vacation at the Creation Museum instead...

    December 26, 2013 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  10. Bryan

    The reason it is news is because you cannot buy a gun for someone else. It is a straw purchase.

    December 26, 2013 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  11. steve

    Berreta is made in Maryland.

    December 26, 2013 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  12. Clement Arbruster Bodog Castlenut, Jr.

    I guess American made guns aren't good enough for her.

    December 26, 2013 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  13. Thatguy371

    The rules on any gun related article online: No comments allowed unless you're gun nutz. Only then can you rant about X specific gun vs XX specific gun's firing capabilities, the many dozens of guns you own, firing power on XX gun, how X gun is such a 'fine weapon', gunz gunz gotta have more more more more gunz, that obama's gonna take mah gunz, blah blah blah. It's a gun nutz thing. Apparently the rest of the population wouldn't 'understand'.

    December 26, 2013 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  14. jgoose

    SANTA knows a good firearm. I have the same gun. HO HO HO

    December 26, 2013 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  15. Brandon

    Damn CNN, you really hate guns don't you?

    December 26, 2013 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  16. oneSTARman

    You better not SHOUT you better not CRY
    you better be GOOD I'm telling you why
    SANTA'S got a GUN

    December 26, 2013 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  17. Alpha Deus

    She forgot to mention the religious side...the Vatican owns the company so shes now bra to the pope no less..doing gods work if she should shoot some black kid wearing a hoodie now...almost like having murder condoned by the catholic church...Doing God's work, one round at a time!

    December 26, 2013 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  18. Jessica McGwin

    holy crap she is how old? And this is her first? That is so sad. OH boy had some bad years in there. Well better late than never.

    December 26, 2013 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  19. Josh

    Congratulations on providing the governor with press coverage, I'm sure that was the intent.
    I think the anti gun crowd might be better served posting on actual crime stories, instead of bs political show and tell.

    December 26, 2013 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  20. MCFx

    Good For Her!!!!

    December 26, 2013 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  21. Venger

    This means we don't have to pay for a Secret Service detail for her, right? She's got it covered?

    December 26, 2013 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  22. 52pan

    Good for her. I'd prefer a revolver myself. To all the gun control cowards in here. Who are you to judge anyone for anything. Her owning a firearm in no way impacts your life. My owning a firearm in no way impacts your life. If she wants to carry a firearm, it is her right. If you don't want to carry a firearm and be a willing victim, that is your right.

    December 26, 2013 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  23. AC

    True, this country is getting screwed, by one Republican at a time

    December 26, 2013 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  24. Reddog9500

    Good ole St. Nick. Always seems to know just what we want for Christmas. Hope the Gov. enjoys her new gun and uses it safely. Hope she has better luck finding ammo than I've had.

    December 26, 2013 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  25. notfooledagain

    Nice pistol, but a little big and heavy to carry concealed.

    December 26, 2013 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
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