Sean Hannity Hits Back At Reports He Pulled A Gun On Juan Williams

Lawrence Arboleda

Sean Hannity has built a reputation as one of the most volatile TV hosts throughout his career. His propensity to call those who disagree with him on Twitter a "jackass" is no secret to his followers. Because of his mean demeanor on TV and in the social media sphere, controversy and hostility follow him around.

As such, his reputation as a conservative blowhard took a turn for the worse as CNN reported Thursday night that Sean Hannity once pointed a gun at liberal political analyst Juan Williams following an on-air debate back in October 2016.

According to three unnamed sources who claimed to have knowledge of the incident, Sean Hannity even turned on his gun's laser sight, causing a red dot to wander on Williams' body. Sources added that while Hannity was just showing off, the stunt clearly discomfited Juan Williams and other people on set.

Juan Williams, a political analyst for Fox News, slammed the reports on Twitter.

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

"Sean Hannity has been trained in firearm safety since he was 11-years-old and has a license to carry a gun in five states, including New York," a Fox News spokesperson said."The situation was thoroughly investigated and it was found that no one was put in any danger.

"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," the statement read. "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."

Before long, Sean Hannity took to Twitter Thursday night to deny the allegations.

"Never pointed at anybody. Let's be clear. Unloaded. Never pointed. I have been a gun safety advocate for years," Hannity tweeted.

"Really John? When it NEVER HAPPENED. See Juans statement. U can apologize in the Am," he tweeted back.

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