During a CNN television program broadcast last night from George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., host Anderson Cooper asked President Barack Obama if he had ever owned a gun.
“I have never owned a gun,” Obama said—explaining that he grew up in Hawaii.
The program was bill as the “Guns in America” townhall.
As transcribed by the White House, here is the exchange between Obama and Cooper on whether Obama had ever owned a gun:
Mr. Cooper: Good to see you. Let me start. Have you ever owned a gun?
The President: I have never owned a gun. Now, up at Camp David, we've got some skeet shooting, so on a fairly regular basis, we get a 12-gauge and -- I'm not making any claims about my marksmanship.
Mr. Cooper: Before you were President, did you ever feel a desire to get a gun, feel the need to get a gun?
The President: I grew up mostly in Hawaii, and other than hunting for wild pig -- which they do once in a while -- there’s not the popularity of hunting and sportsmanship with guns as much as there are in other parts of the country.