CB: No, I've had it for eight years, and I've never done anything. Only time I ever got in trouble for it was this policewoman searching my car for drugs. I mean, people —— with me all the time.
SI: But why a semiautomatic?
CB: Well, it's not against the law. I shouldn't carry a semiautomatic. I mean I can't explain why. It's just that I like that type of gun.
SI: Could you pull the trigger on somebody?
CB: If somebody tried to hurt somebody in my family, I could.
SI: Isn't it true that your wife has been harassed because of your interracial marriage? Didn't somebody spit on her once?
CB: Yeah. And afterward he said, "How do you like it?" And called her an "N lover." See, that's why I need my gun.
SI: Are you saying you might have killed that person if you were there?
CB: I would have kicked the —— out of the guy. But people don't do —— like that when I'm around. Only when I'm not. Like my wife and I were traveling together one day, and we had to leave each other. Two little kids saw us hugging, saying goodbye, and this little kid came up to her later and said, "I saw you hug Charles Barkley. Do you know him?" And she said, "Yeah, he's my husband." And the little kid says, "He can't be your husband. He's black." And my wife explained to the kid that it doesn't matter. All of a sudden my wife hears: "I'd appreciate it if you wouldn't teach my son any bad habits."