The incident, which reportedly happened in October of 2016, occurred after an on-air debate. The popularFox News host, Hannity, reportedly pointed the gun at political analyst, Juan Williams. CNN reported the news on Thursday night and cited three unnamed sources. According to the sources, colleagues of Williams reported the incident to Fox executives but it remains unclear whether any action, disciplinary or otherwise, was taken as a result of the incident. The sources confirmed that Hannity engaged the laser sight on a weapon he was holding, causing a red dot to dart around the body and face of Williams. They ceded that Hannity was simply showing off his weapon and meant no harm or threat to Williams, but also insisted that the occurrence, which happened off air, clearly bothered all present, including Williams. Hannity responded to the rumors by claiming that the weapon was unloaded and by reminding readers that he has been a gun safety advocate for years. Williams immediately came to the aid of his colleague through a Twitter post.
"This incident is being sensationalized everything was under total control throughout and I never felt like I was put in harm's way," said Williams. "It was clear that Sean put my safety and security above all else and we continue to be great friends."