Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX), the self-proclaimed “most conservative Congressman in Texas,” announced Thursday via Twitter that he’s giving away a free AR-15 rifle through his website.
The freshman congressman’s reelection website boasted: “Enter the drawing to win a FREE Bushmaster AR-15 rifle, almost impossible to find in stores and the number one firearm on the gun banners’ wish list!”
A Bushmaster AR-15 was the same type of rifle shooter Adam Lanza used in December’s elementary school massacre in Newtown, Conn. Some gun control advocates have called for including the semi-automatic gun in proposed bans on assault rilfes.
You don’t need to be an IRS agent to get your own Bushmaster AR-15. I’m giving one away for FREE on July 4! Sign up! stockman2014.com/ar-15-entry/
— Rep. Steve Stockman (@ReElectStockman) June 13, 2013
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