Obama: First lady said she might want a gun

President Obama said that first lady Michelle ObamaMichelle ObamaObama Foundation names architects for presidential library Overnight Tech: Facebook's Sandberg comes to Washington | Senate faces new surveillance fight | Warren enters privacy debate Michelle Obama signs up for Snapchat MORE once told him she might want them to own a gun depending on where they lived.

Obama made the admission Thursday night during a CNN town hall on guns.

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"At one point, Michelle turned to me and she said, ‘You know, if I was living in a farmhouse, where the sheriff’s department is pretty far away and somebody can just turn off the highway and come onto the farm, I want to have a shotgun or a rifle to make sure I was protected and my family was protected.’ And she was absolutely right," Obama said.

The president said Michelle Obama made the remark while they were campaigning in Iowa.

Obama fielded several questions during the town hall as he sought to explain his controversial executive actions expanding background checks to curb gun violence.

"I have never owned a gun," Obama admitted to CNN's Anderson Cooper, who moderated the town hall. Obama said he has uses a 12 gauge shotgun at Camp David for skeet shooting.

Obama noted that "other than hunting for wild pig," using guns for hunting or sports wasn't as popular growing up in Hawaii as in other parts of the country.

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