Fox News Responds to Sean Hannity, Juan Williams Gun Incident

By A.J. Katz 

A fierce defender of the Second Amendment, Sean Hannity reportedly gave his Fox News colleague Juan Williams a live demonstration on how to properly use a firearm after a televised segment in October 2016.

CNN reports Hannity pulled out a gun and pointed it directly at Williams after a “spirited” segment with his progressive counterpart. He apparently even turned on the laser sight, causing a red dot to bob around on Williams’ body. CNN’s Dylan Byers writes:

Hannity’s colleagues brought the Williams incident to the attention of Fox News executives, though it’s not clear whether anything came of it. The sources said it went to Bill Shine, the network’s co-president and longtime Fox News executive, who is Hannity’s longtime friend and a former producer. A Fox News spokesperson said the incident was referred to the legal and human resources departments.


“While discussing the issue of firearms, I showed my good friend Juan Williams my unloaded firearm in a professional and safe manner for educational purposes only,” Hannity said in a statement. “Every precautionary procedure that I have been trained in since the age of 11 was followed. I’ve had a conceal carry permit in five states for all of my adult life. Any other interpretation of this is outright false reporting.”

“This incident is being sensationalized — everything was under total control throughout and I never felt like I was put in harm’s way,” Williams added. “It was clear that Sean put my safety and security above all else and we continue to be great friends.”

Hannity wasn’t amused by the CNN article:

And he responded to some critics: