Though they come from a wide variety of backgrounds, there is one thing almost all the 2016 Republican presidential hopefuls have in common: guns.
2016 is shaping up to be an election year in which there are very little difference between the major Republican candidates when it comes to guns.
With the exception of Governor Chris Christie (R-NJ) and former Governor Jeb Bush (R-FL), all of the major 2016 Republican presidential hopefuls are gun owners themselves. Some of them are lifelong enthusiasts while others are recent converts. Some of them are hunters and some only own guns for self-defense reasons.
Regardless of what you may think about some of their opinions on other political issues, most of the major 2016 Republican presidential hopefuls have very gun friendly attitudes and are strong supporters of the Second Amendment.
If you are citizen concerned about gun rights, click through the slideshow to see some of the guns owned by the 2016 Republican presidential hopefuls.
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Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC)
Of all the names on this list, South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham has perhaps the largest gun collection, consisting of 12 guns (including an AR-15 rifle). He has been a lifelong gun owner and shooter and has mentioned that he plans on using his AR-15 for self-defense if law and order ever breaks down.
Governor Bobby Jindal (R-LA)
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal also owns a handgun that he keeps for protection. Shortly after Hurricane Katrina, he purchased a snub-nosed, Smith & Wesson .38 revolver with a laser sight, which he still owns and practices with regularly.
Governor Rick Perry (R-TX)
Texas Governor Rick Perry has a Texas concealed handgun license and regularly carries a Ruger LCP chambered in .380 Auto. He famously used this handgun to shoot and kill a coyote that was menacing him and his daughter’s dog while on a morning jog in Austin, Texas in April 2010. In commemoration of this event, Ruger has even started producing and selling a special edition “Coyote Special” version of the LCP.
Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, who ran for Senate against Barbara Boxer in 2010 and is now considering running for president in 2016, owns five guns. Among others, she owns a Glock 17 which she considers her primary home defense weapon.
Governor Scott Walker (R-WI)
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is also a relative newcomer to hunting and shooting. He got his first guns (a shotgun and a hunting rifle) as an adult. As you would expect from a man from Wisconsin, he has also recently taken up deer hunting, as he demonstrated with this selfie taken from his deer stand.
Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL)
Senator Marco Rubio owns a Taurus .357 magnum revolver that he purchased for self-defense right around the time he first ran for the Senate in 2010. He also has a concealed carry permit in his home state of Florida. Interestingly, Taurus USA is based out of Florida (which he represents in the Senate), so his choice of a Taurus revolver in particular might be partly due to that fact as well. It is unknown exactly which Taurus revolver model he owns, but presumably it is one of their “concealed carry” model revolvers.
Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX)
Texas Senator Ted Cruz owns two guns: a .357 magnum revolver and a Beretta Silver Pigeon II shotgun. He is also a pheasant hunter and recently used his shotgun on a 2013 Iowa pheasant hunting trip sponsored by Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa).
Honorable Mention: Senator Rand Paul (R-KY)
Though it’s not clear if he owns any guns himself, Senator Paul made the list because he participates in shooting sports and is such a strong supporter of the Second Amendment. He admits that he did not grow up as much of a shooter or a hunter, but says that he is a “good ‘ol shotgun guy” and enjoys the occasional round of skeet with his friends. He was also spotted at the Knob Creek shooting range in Kentucky shooting a borrowed STG 556 rifle (which is very similar to the Steyr AUG).