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December 26, 2013

BUZZ: Nothin' betta than a Beretta from Santa for Nikki Haley + reaction

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South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley shared her high-powered Christmas present social media on Thursday -- a 9 mm Beretta PX4 Storm pistol.

The concealed-weapons permit holder is familiar with this type of gift .

Haley received the gun from her husband, Michael, who returned recently from a year-long military deployment to Afghanistan. her office said.

The PX4 Storm "delivers concealed carry handling with large frame firepower," according to the Beretta website. The $575 gun can hold up to 13 rounds of ammunition.

The present's presentation by the governor led to some strong reactions in social media.

Congratulations ("Another reason why I love South Carolina") were mixed with pleas for gun safety ("I will say a prayer for your family").

S.C. Democrats fired away at the Lexington Republican seeking re-election next year against state Sen. Vincent Sheheen, a Camden attorney.

"Everything is about politics with her. Everything," state Democratic party director Amanda Loveday tweeted.

Sheheen's campaign manager, Andrew Whalen, jumped out of the line of fire: "We hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and happy holiday season with family and friends."

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