Gun Group to Give Away AR-15 Semiautomatic Rifle
Tennessee Firearms Association hosting online raffle
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 27, 2013 11:30 AM CDT
File photo of a Bushmaster AR-15 semi-automatic rifle and ammunition.   (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

(Newser) – The Bushmaster AR-15 semiautomatic rifle—weapon of choice for Newtown shooter Adam Lanza, among others—might well be the most vilified and the most popular gun in America. Hence, the controversial new raffle by the Tennessee Firearms Association: The group is giving away an AR-15 on Monday as part of a contest on its website, reports the Tennessean. The goal is “to advance the effort to resist Barack Obama, the federal government and even a few in Tennessee state government who are determined to destroy your 2nd Amendment rights!!” the site explains.

So far, more than 10,000 people have signed up for a chance to get the free gun, which would probably retail for at least $1,000. Says one local advocate for more gun control: “The TFA's assault weapon giveaway just four months after Newtown and in the middle of our country's debate about gun safety is in-your-face insensitive." The raffle began just before legislation to tighten gun laws fell apart in the Senate. (A new effort there is reportedly taking shape, however, and the Week has more details on that.)

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barry soetoro
Feb 7, 2015 1:45 PM CST
(Forensic PROOF) NO AR-15 at SANDY HOOK. NEWTOWN was a Hoax.
Apr 29, 2013 7:31 AM CDT
This gun has a distinct advantage over other guns.. Ammunition is World Wide Manufactured.. When we actually Reverse the Second Amendment.. and Ban Ammunition for all the current USA types Civilian guns.. People will most likely easily get black market ammunition for these guns…
Apr 29, 2013 4:07 AM CDT
Seriously, so what? How is this newsworthy? There are contests like this all the time. Just a few weeks ago I entered a raffle for a S&W 9mm to help support police dogs. And before that I entered a contest for an AR to help benefit a Wounded Warrior program. (No doubt had I won I would have first needed a background check to claim the prize. That's been the way with every gun I own.) Anyway, thanks for the bit of yellow journalism in an attempt to scare and incite people over the existence of a "fringe group of crazies" numbering in the hundreds of millions in this country.