Thompson Aiming at Romney, Giuliani With Trip to S.C. Gun Show

Republican presidential hopeful, former Sen. Fred Thompson, R-Tenn., talks to reporters outside NBC Studios in Washington, Sunday, Nov. 4, 2007. (AP)

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Republican presidential hopeful Fred Thompson is taking aim at rivals Rudy Giuliani and Mitt Romney at a gun show today in Charleston, South Carolina.

He's using his appeal as a "country boy from Tennessee" who knows NASCAR and hunting to portray the city slickers as out of step with this early voting state's residents.

There is little doubt gun rights are a tough issue for the front of the GOP pack.

Former New York Mayor Giuliani has supported federal handgun owner registration and advocated that handgun buyers "demonstrate good moral character and a reason to have the gun."

A spokesman for Thompson said the former Tennessee senator should be the choice for people who think gun rights are important.

But not all gun supporters are totally enamored by Thompson. The Gun Owners of America criticizes him for missing the mark while in the Senate.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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