COLUMBIA, S.C. (CBS Charlotte/AP) — South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley has created quite a stir on her Facebook page after being photographed and videotaped while testing several firearms at a gun manufacturer.
Haley toured FN Manufacturing in Columbia Friday. During her visit, she took time to fire several of the company’s guns.
“We came to celebrate another one of our manufacturers,” Haley said in a video posted on YouTube. “What a source of pride this is for South Carolina and for the country.”
The Columbia gun manufacturer makes M4’s, M240’s and M249’s, which Gov. Haley’s husband Michael, who is in the National Guard, uses during his current deployment in Afghanistan.
“This is one of our great manufacturers in South Carolina. They happen to manufacture guns, but what I spoke about with the executives here is, ‘What’s the business climate like?’” Haley said. “The fact that we’ve got a lot of different manufacturers looking at South Carolina, whether they’re gun-related or not, continues to speak highly for our state.”
The pictures posted on Facebook of Haley firing guns have gone viral since being posted. The pictures have received more than 2,200 “likes” and have been shared nearly 650 times as of Monday afternoon.
“I knew there was a reason I liked her. Now get out there governor and bring those disgruntled gun manufacturer’s from up north and out west to South Carolina where they can thrive and benefit a freedom loving part of America!” Frank N. Hill Jr. posted.
Jason Matthias wrote: “Thank you from all of the gun owners in Indiana for standing up for the 2nd Amendment.”
Last month, Haley was on hand when gun maker PTR Industries announced it was relocating to South Carolina from its home in Bristol, Conn. That manufacturer said it opted to move to Aynor after Connecticut passed stricter gun laws in April in response to the killings of 20 children and six educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
FN Manufacturing employs more than 500 people.
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