Huckabee: Government Shouldn't Stop Americans From Owning Any Weapon

On Monday, Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee told voters that Americans should have the right to own any type of weapon they select without fear of government interference. During a question and answer session at the Crossroads Shooting Sports range in Johnston, Iowa, Huckabee said:

"We should have whatever we choose to have because it's a citizens right. The government shouldn't tell me what the limitations of my self-protection are. If somebody's going to break into my house I want to be at least be as well-armed as they are if not better armed than they are.

My plan is always to have a better arsenal to defend myself than they are going to have to try to attack me. So whatever I must do to do that. And I've been asked on many occasions, 'Well, how many firearms do you have.' The answer to that is none of your business. It's for me to know and for you to find out."

Huckabee was also asked his views on Iowa not requiring gun owners to get any hands-on training, to which he replied:

You know, I leave that to the states. Lemme tell you, I'm less worried about someone maybe not being as trained as they could be, because I think ultimately a citizen who is going to arm themselves will want to avail themselves of significant training to become proficient, that just makes sense, for their own sake. But if they don’t, a good guy armed is still better than a good guy unarmed.

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