A group that has spent massively this year to lobby against gun control announced Tuesday that it plans to give away an AR-15 rifle in a promotional online raffle.
The National Association for Gun Rights announced the giveaway in an email to its mailing list. On its website, the Virginia-based group described the rifle as a “top quality Colt 6920 AR-15" and “THE firearm Barack Obama and the gun-grabbers want to ban.” The email and online raffle form were both signed by the group's executive vice president, Dudley Brown, a Colorado activist who has been involved in disputes on other issues.
The AR-15 is a style of rifle that has been used in some of the most well-known shootings in recent U.S. history, including the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in December, and the Beltway sniper attacks in 2002.
According to records published in July, the gun-rights organization spent more than $3 million lobbying against gun control legislation, far outpacing even the better-known National Rifle Association.
The raffle drawing is set to take place on Aug. 29, and the group said it plans to contact the winner the following day.