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."