Did you ever wonder which of current batch of GOP presidential hopefuls own a gun? What about the specific guns they kept in their collection? If you were ever the slightest bit curious, you’re in luck. The Telegraph recently surveyed 17 Republican candidates and asked them what was in their gun safe. Of those surveyed, only three replied that they did not own any firearms whatsoever. The rest reported a variety of firearms, from quality-built handguns to popular hunting and sporting shotguns.

Here’s what we gathered from the data provided by the Telegraph survey. This list is far from comprehensive. For obvious reasons, most of the candidates did not meticulously catalog each and every one of their guns for the survey, so what’s on this list is simply what has been confirmed so far.

Ted Cruz

  • Gun owner
  • Known guns: .357 Magnum revolver and a Beretta Silver Pigeon II shotgun

Although the .357 Magnum revolver is technically his, Cruz bought this wheelgun for his wife Heidi for use in home defense. In his book A Time for Truth, Cruz says they keep the gun next to their bed at all times. An avid hunter, Cruz also has a Beretta shotgun for bird hunting. You can also see Cruz make bacon “Texas-style” below:

Donald Trump

  • Gun owner
  • Known guns: unidentified handgun, Henry repeating rifle

Trump can sometimes be very private about his personal affairs, especially when it comes to gun ownership. Trump has confirmed that he owns at least one firearm and has a carry license for the city of New York—a rare and valuable thing indeed. When questioned in a recent interview with NBC whether he uses the gun regularly, Trump snapped, “It is none of your business, it is really none of your business.”

The remark earned him some praise from gun owners. Trump is also the only Republican candidate on this list without an official rating from the NRA, which measures a politician’s stance on gun rights, due to his status as a businessman rather than a lawmaker.

Jeb Bush

  • Not a gun owner
  • No known guns

According to the Telegraph survey, Jeb Bush does not own any firearms. This is especially surprising considering his staunch support of gun ownership and his A+ rating from the NRA. Bush has been a strong supporter of the Second Amendment during his term as Florida’s governor and still identifies as a gun rights supporter today, perhaps proving that you don’t need a firearm to believe in the right to gun ownership.

Rick Santorum

  • Gun owner
  • Known guns: Kimber 1911

Santorum did not respond to the survey, but previously confirmed that he owned several guns, including hunting arms. An aide previously commented that the favorite piece in his collection was a Kimber 1911 pistol.

Bobby Jindal

  • Gun owner
  • Known guns: none specified

Jindal confirmed that he did own at least one firearm, but did not specify details. The Louisiana governor has been historically supportive of the Second Amendment.

Marco Rubio

  • Gun owner
  • Known guns: .357 Magnum Taurus revolver

The Florida senator says he owns a firearm and shoots about two to three times a year. He is also licensed for concealed carry in his home state.

Scott Walker

  • Gun owner
  • Known guns: Remington 700 and unidentified 12 gauge shotgun

An avid hunter and supporter of gun rights, Walker owns several firearms. According to one CNN reporter who attended a skeet shooting event with the Wisconsin governor, he’s also a pretty good shot.

Ben Carson

  • Gun owner
  • Known guns: none specified

Carson once called the Second Amendment the “baton of freedom,” so it makes sense that this former neurosurgeon is a gun owner. Carson did not specify what firearms he owned.

Rand Paul

  • Gun owner
  • Known guns: none specified

Paul’s campaign staffers confirmed that he did own several firearms, but did not give additional details.

Chris Christie

  • Not a gun owner
  • No known guns

Christie is controversial figure when it comes to the issue of gun control, and critics have blasted the New Jersey governor for both his state’s strict gun laws and past support for gun control legislation. This is reflected in the rather average C grade given to him by the NRA.

John Kasich

  • Gun owner
  • Known guns: Sig Sauer 9mm pistol

Another politician with a mixed history on guns, the governor of Ohio surprised gun owners when he increasingly spoke out in favor of pro-gun laws in recent years. Kasich went from a F rating from the NRA to an A- after he signed several pro-gun laws during his term as governor.

Lindsey Graham

  • Gun owner
  • Known guns: unidentified AR-15-style rifle, Browning Sweet 16

Graham allegedly has one of the largest gun collections of the 2016 candidates, and is a regular visitor to the range. When previously asked how many guns he owned, the South Carolina senator replied simply, “a bunch.”

You can watch Graham go skeet shooting below:

Mike Huckabee

  • Gun owner
  • Known guns: Benelli Super Black Eagle, Weatherby .300 Magnum, unidentified sporting rifles

Perhaps rivaling Graham is Huckabee, who has his own large gun collection. After all, one of Huckabee’s memoirs is titled God, Guns, Grits, and Gravy.

“While I do not consider myself a ‘gun nut,’ I proudly own a variety of firearms and enjoy hunting as well as sports shooting,” the former Arkansas governor wrote in another book, From Hope to Higher Ground. “But even if I were not a hunter or did not enjoy shooting, I would still be a firm believer in the 2nd Amendment right of Americans to own firearms for self-protection and as a matter of principle.”

Rick Perry

  • Gun owner
  • Known guns: .380 Ruger

An outspoken advocate for the Second Amendment, Perry has historically opposed efforts to restrict gun ownership and has called such movements a “knee-jerk reaction.” Perry declined to detail his gun collection.

You can see Rick Perry at the range below:

Jim Gilmore

  • Gun owner
  • Known guns: four unidentified handguns, two shotguns

Gilmore is also a supporter of gun rights and states that he owns firearms for hunting and self defense.

George Pataki

  • Gun Owner
  • Known guns: unidentified shotgun

Pataki identifies himself as a gunowner, but that fact alone may not endear him to gun-owning voters. During his term as governor of New York, Pataki signed a number of restrictive gun laws that cemented the Empire State’s reputation as being tough on guns.

Carly Fiorina

  • Not a gun owner
  • No known guns

The only woman on this list, Fiorina reported that she does not personally own any firearms. Her husband, however, owns six and keeps them in the house. She has been historically supportive of gun rights.

Image screenshot of video by Charlie Spiering on YouTube

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3 thoughts on “Survey: The Guns of 2016’s Republican Presidential Candidates

  1. I think a couple on this list are lying just to not look like they may be anti gun. JEB knows he can tell the truth as he has always had a strong NRA Grade but Trump and Carlson don’t so they have a reason to lie. Especially Trump who has always been very liberal and has no reason at all the carry as he lives on Park Ave and has a driver and bodyguard. The real question I have is how patriotic bring back American jobs are these guess? It looks like some of them own non American firearms. These guys make plenty of money and should only be buying American. What’s with Cruz buying his wife an possibly non American 357 and then buys himself a Italian duck hunter? These guys own Benelli, Taurus, and Sig WTF gentlemen you can start by making America better by using your wallet before trying to use mine. My Remington Wingmaster 870 is all American.

  2. I keep hearing remarks like the one above, “Trump who has always been very liberal and has no reason at all the carry as he lives on Park Ave and has a driver and bodyguard.” In reality, Trump probably has more than one bodyguard, but what does that have to do with being liberal?

    I have yet to see anyone pin any event or comment recently on Trump where indicated he is a liberal. If you think one of the other candidates wouldn’t use a remark or incident where Trump supported the cause of liberalism, you are not paying attention. I agree Trump has been friendly with liberals, and conservatives regarding business deals, but that is strictly business. If you look at Trump as a personality, you will find very little information other than a brilliant business mind that stereotypes “The Don!”

    Notice the negative comments about Trump are accusatory, and not based on facts. Generally in my life when someone uses accusatory remarks toward another person, watch out, it is vindictiveness for what ever reason; probably just plain envy or jealousy.

    Some people do not realize the sacrifices of time people like Donald Trump have made in life in order to achieve their fortune. We only live so long, he has chosen to spend his time making business transactions. Some people work 8 hours and spend the rest of their time in bars or in front of a TV watching a bunch of prim a-dona sports figures that make more money than they deserve.

    If you are looking for a person, or politician that you can believe 100% of the time, you are on the wrong planet! I have found it more useful to follow the old adage, “Lie to me once, shame on you, lie to me twice, shame on me!” If you don’t understand the logic try this: I will not vote for any incumbent Republican in the House of Representatives or the Senate that did not side with Ted Cruz since the new congress took office in 2012.

  3. Would honestly like to know Trumps stand on the 2nd Amendment? He is “all business ” when it comes to everything else! The Firearms industry has always flourished in America!

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