GOP candidate says gun photo no threat to Obama

A congressional candidate insists he wasn

President Barack Obama speaks at a campaign event at The Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center at Kent State University Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012, in Kent, Ohio. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A congressional candidate insists he wasn't threatening Democratic President Barack Obama in a Facebook post that showed a photo of his handgun.

The Tennessean reports that Republican Brad Staats, who is challenging Democratic Rep. Jim Cooper in the 5th Congressional District, wrote that the pictured Colt pistol was something he usually had with him. The candidate went on to write: "Welcome to Tennessee Mr. Obama."

Staats said that the post was meant to contrast his support for the Second Amendment with the president's position on guns. He told the paper he would never threaten the president.

A Secret Service spokesman said the agency was aware of the Facebook post, and would follow up if necessary.

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