Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush tweeted an image of a gun manufactured by a US company with a parent European firm that made firearms for Nazi troops.
On Tuesday, the former Florida governor posted the image of a handgun engraved with his name following a campaign stop at the FN America gun manufacturing plant in Columbia, South Carolina.
The image was retweeted over 22,400 times and prompted widespread commentary, mostly negative, across the Internet.
FN America is owned by FN Herstal, a Belgium-based corporation, the Washington Post reported. During the German occupation of Belgium in World War II, the Nazi military requisitioned the company, then known as Fabrique Nationale d’Armes de Guerre, to produce thousands of its weapons, including the pistols carried by Nazi officers and pilots.