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.
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“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.”