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

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. Ron B

    Hickey Nailey is a disgusting embarassment to my great state. Her days in office are numbered. Good riddance.

    December 26, 2013 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  2. GIUK

    I think being pleased to get a handgun on the birthday of Jesus Christ says all anyone needs to know about both the governor, and the state of South Carolina.

    December 26, 2013 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  3. I hope Santa was made to wait the 7 day waiting period

    and went through the full background check...

    December 26, 2013 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  4. sandiegowatch

    We should be embracing firearms.

    Embracing it well show where improvements need to be made.

    There needs to be more education about firearms.....instead of the perception given to most people via movies and news media reports who have never fired a gun in their real life.

    1. People are not told how to properly hold a gun (finger off the trigger pointing the gun down)
    2. What is behind your case you miss.
    3. Know whether or not the chamber contains a round

    December 26, 2013 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  5. 2L

    Merry Christmas Governor Haley!

    December 26, 2013 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  6. Chris

    You'll shoot your eye out, kid!

    December 26, 2013 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  7. Sheryl Mexic

    My only words for the Governor. You are just disgusting while making a modery of all the gun violence in our country.

    December 26, 2013 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  8. Robert Simms

    It must be election time in the city
    Ring a ling
    Hear them sing
    Soon it will be election day

    December 26, 2013 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  9. KLF

    Here are the stats on S. Carolina – I will probably never go there, and a mayor who makes an advertisement of her gun ought to consider the link between lax guns laws and high gun violence. S. Carolina's stats should an embarrassment and a shame:

    6. South Carolina
    > Firearm homicide deaths per 100,000: 4.95 (7th highest)
    > Firearm aggravated assaults per 100,000: 127.88 (2nd highest)
    > Violent crime rate per 100,000: 571.9 (3rd highest)
    > Need permit to purchase handgun: No
    > Governor: Nikki R. Haley (R)

    December 26, 2013 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  10. gwtheyrn

    Not really news, but the irony of receiving a weapon for Christmas is mildly amusing.

    December 26, 2013 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  11. keven

    Not against the law, just extremely bad taste. Christmas (the celebration of the birth of Christ), is about peace, love and understanding.
    Any of you idiots saying what's the big deal must have no clue about what Christmas is about.
    And those you blaming the media, really, how naïve (i.e. stupid) are you? SHE obliviously "announced" this to make points with the right wing guns nuts.
    I have a gun, can understand it as a gift, but Christmas? Come on. Just very sad politics.
    Merry Christmas folks. Peace on earth, good will toward men....

    December 26, 2013 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  12. Hill William

    Well, yeeee haaaaaw, Nikki! And don't forget to update your myspace page too!

    December 26, 2013 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  13. Bob

    Guessed it was either South Carolina or Arizona.

    December 26, 2013 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  14. Obama.Democrats bad for America

    You go girl, the rights to bear arms.

    December 26, 2013 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  15. Reasonable Descent

    This is really scraping the bottom of the barrel.

    December 26, 2013 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  16. Bill

    I got a Glock19 Gen 4 9MM and I'm really happy.

    December 26, 2013 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  17. Clear and Present Thinker

    And Beretta got a governor.

    December 26, 2013 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  18. Bobbb

    Very nice. Congratulations. Merry Christmas.

    December 26, 2013 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  19. Daily Llama

    Crime control, NOT "gun control"!!!! Having a firearm doesn't automatically make anyone a criminal. Illegal use of one does. THERE'S where our society should focus it's energy.

    December 26, 2013 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  20. AR-15 fan

    I am soooo envious!! What a great gift. Somebody really loves her by making sure she can protect herself. There's some real crazy, dangerous people out there-desperate because of the wacky policies of the present occupant of the White House. As for TKO-not worth wasting time on a response.

    December 26, 2013 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  21. tread not

    Oh no what are we going to do?, a pistol was given as a present? The shame off it all,,,,,

    How do you liberals ever get down from such high horses? If it makes you feel any better I've been gifting guns to my son on Christmas and birthdays,, to date my 12 Yo has 2 .177 rifles, 2 . 22s, a 12 gauge shotgun, a mosin nagant, a compound bow , he too loves SANTA... As you see we too have been teaching our children about their 2A rights,, you libs are laughable.

    December 26, 2013 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  22. AR-15 fan

    give me a real gun not a pea shooter i would like one atleast made in USA

    December 26, 2013 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  23. vermont

    Sniffit ,

    You just made that up , state of Vermont ( Democratic state ) has the most lax gun laws in the Country , Louisiana is not even close to Vermont , Alaska , gun laws and Vermont has the lowest crime rate in the Country .

    December 27, 2013 12:43 am at 12:43 am |
  24. vermont

    Think again ,

    Nope it is not NRA nor Tea Party , gun legislation failed in the Democrat controlled Senate because Dem. Senators from pro gun states voted NO ,
    Also that statistic is made up , question as do you support background checks is not same as do you support gun registry , also it is done on 1001 person in NYC and San Francisco not exactly gun friendly places .
    True poll is 100 million gun owners who wrote , emailed and called their representatives telling them say no to gun control

    December 27, 2013 12:47 am at 12:47 am |
  25. Grit

    You liberals make me sick. I got a gun for Christmas too and am a practicing catholic. Where's the article on me?

    December 27, 2013 02:32 am at 2:32 am |
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