ELECTION 2014: Why SC politicians are gunning for voters

Posted by ANDREW SHAIN on February 2, 2014 

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham fires his AR-15 rifle during an August news event on gun safety in Greenville. The photo was uploaded on the Seneca Republican's social media pages.

— S.C. political watchers have seen a lot of guns from candidates lately -- from Gov. Nikki Haley's Beretta for Christmas to Sen. Lee Bright's AR-15 giveaway.

Why are politicians firing away this election season?

GOP politicians are showing off their guns – or their support of them – after the Obama administration threatened to toughen background checks and ban military-style guns, Republican lawmakers said.

Democratic legislators say their pro-gun stances are about backing states rights.

“In the past, you didn’t talk much about guns,” Citadel political scientist Scott Buchanan said. “It was assumed everyone owned guns. Now, you have to say something about this.”

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