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Wife’s Pistol Helps Alabama Senate Candidate Make a Point

Roy Moore says he will uphold Second Amendment

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GOP candidate for U.S. Senate Roy Moore displays his wife's hand gun as a way to show support for the 2nd amendment after candidates were asked about their views on gun rights during a candidates' forum in Valley, Ala., on Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017. The former Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court is running tin the special election to fill the seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore displays his wife’s pistol as a way to show support for the Second Amendment after candidates were asked about their views on gun rights during a candidates’ forum in Valley, Alabama, on Thursday. The former Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court is running in the special election to fill the seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

VALLEY, Ala. — It’s no surprise that a GOP Senate candidate in Alabama supports the right to bear arms. But it is surprising when the candidate pulls out his wife’s pistol to prove it.

“We carry,” former Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore said at the Chambers County Republican Club’s candidate meeting on Thursday, after one woman asked the candidates about their views of the Second Amendment.

Moore then slipped his wife Kayla’s handgun out of her purse. He was seated at the edge of the audience’s front row, and he quickly handed it to his wife who put it back in her bag. So it was likely not visible to most of the people sitting behind him. But the move elicited exclamations of surprise and some laughter from those at the front of the meeting room who could see the weapon.

“I will uphold the Second Amendment,” Moore later added.

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