Terry McAuliffe

Gun control fan McAuliffe is Va.’s newest gun owner

by Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner  |  published on January 9, 2013

Just because Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe is pushing for an assault weapons ban and one-gun-a-month restriction in the Old Dominion doesn’t mean he’s opposed to slinging lead.

In fact, the former Democratic Party chairman is one of Virginia’s newest gun owners, the proud papa of a sleek Beretta over and under shotgun, the standard of excellence at the area’s skeet ranges.

Secrets first heard of his purchase over the weekend from shoppers at Dick’s Sporting Goods in Bailey’s Crossroads who saw the likely Democratic gubernatorial nominee shouldering one of the pricy long guns.

His campaign confirmed the purchase and even gave us a reason. “It was a Beretta shotgun so he and his son, who is currently a second-year midshipman at the U.S. Naval Academy, can go skeet shooting together,” said campaign spokesman Josh Schwerin.

He didn’t identify the model or gauge, but Dick’s sells the over-and-under Beretta Silver Pigeon for $1,899.99.

Whether he meant to or not, McAuliffe’s purchase at Dick’s made a statement related to the current push for national gun control in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings. That’s because Dick’s was among the first stores to suspend the sales of assault-style rifles from its inventory like the Bushmaster used in Newtown, Conn.

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