NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A congressional candidate insists he wasn't threatening Democratic President Barack Obama in a Facebook post that showed a photo of his handgun.
Republican Brad Staats, who is challenging Democratic Representative Jim Cooper in the 5th Congressional District, wrote that the pictured Colt pistol was something he usually had with him.
The original post said "Many people in Tennessee keep asking me about my opinion on Second Amendment rights. Apparently Tennesseans are part of that crazy crowd that Obama says 'cling to their religion and guns.' Well, then I must be part of that crazy crowd. Here is something that I usually have with me. Welcome to Tennessee Mr. Obama, where we appreciate our 2nd Amendment rights and the Constitution that was wisely given to us by our founding fathers."
Staats said that the post was meant to contrast his support for the Second Amendment with the president's position on guns. He said he would never threaten the president.
A Secret Service spokesman said the agency was aware of the Facebook post, and would follow up if necessary.
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