Kirsten Gillibrand and her husband sleep with two guns under the bed in their upstate home, according to a report.
The recently appointed senator told Newsday that they have two rifles. They also have two young children.
"If I want to protect my family, if I want to have a weapon in the home, that should be my right," Gillibrand told Newsday.
One of her aides said Gillibrand won one of the two rifles in a raffle at a county fair.