Lindsey Graham's 'Pro-Gun' Challenger to Raffle Off AR-15

Friday, 24 Jan 2014 12:53 PM

By Lisa Barron

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South Carolina state Sen. Lee Bright has announced that he will be raffling off an AR-15 as part of his campaign to beat incumbent U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham in the Republican primary.

Bright told his supporters about the contest in an email Thursday, asking them to sign up online, make donations, and inform family and friends, reports Politico.

His email begins by referring to the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., in December 2012.

"In the wake of the horrific tragedy in Newtown, Conn., gun-grabbers were sure they had the votes to ram gun control into law," Bright said. "Thanks to the action of Second Amendment supporters all over the country, their scheme failed — even despite my Republican primary opponent, U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham," Bright wrote.

Graham voted to begin debate on gun control legislation in April rather than back the threat of a filibuster by fellow Republicans including Rand Paul, Ted Cruz and Mike Lee, but voted against the bill in the end.

Still, said Bright in the email, "I am the pro-gun, pro-Constitution candidate in this race for the U.S. Senate — and I can't think of a better way to get that word out than by giving away a brand new AR-15."

The free Internet drawing for the rifle, which generally sells for $600 to $800, will be held at 5 p.m. Feb. 15, according to The State newspaper.

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