Refusing Secret Service protection, which First Lady chose to carry her own gun instead?
Answer: Eleanor Roosevelt owned a handgun, which she often carried while she was First Lady of the United States. She refused Secret Service protection, insisting that she be able to travel as freely as possible. It was Eleanor’s determination to drive her own car that led to her pistol ownership. The Secret Service begged her to take an agent, or a police escort; she refused. The agents complied with her wishes only after they discovered she knew how to shoot, and convinced her to carry a pistol when she drove alone. She owned a prized .22 Smith & Wesson Outdoorsman revolver.