House GOP candidate raffles AR-15 rifle to donors
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A House Republican candidate in North Carolina is raffling off an AR-15 rifle to promote his campaign.

“Nothing says you support the Second Amendment like owning one of the finest AR-15 rifles on the market,” Greg Brannon wrote in an email to supporters on Tuesday. “And it could be yours if you enter to your name — right away.”


Brannon, an obstetrician, is running a longshot campaign against two incumbents, Reps. Renee Ellmers (R-N.C.) and George Holding (R-N.C.). The district is currently held by Ellmers, but a redistricting in the state prompted Holding to challenge her seat.

In the email to supporters, Brannon touted his support for gun rights, lashing out at those who oppose the “God-given right.”

“Patriot, I don't know about you, but personally I love firearms,” he wrote. “Whether it's for hunting, for shooting, for collecting, for personal safety — or as the Founders reminded us — to serve as a safeguard against tyranny and oppression.

“And there's not much more I enjoy than going to the range and firing off a few hundred rounds on a weekend afternoon,” he continued. “Of course, I'm sure Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaFor Joe Biden, an experienced foreign policy team 'Nationalize' Facebook and Twitter as public goods Millennials and the great reckoning on race MORE, Loretta Lynch, Michael Bloomberg and the rest of the gun control lobby can't stand the fact that I love guns and am giving away an AR-15.”

Brannon’s campaign is giving away a Core-15 M4 rifle, a rifle similar to those used by the military and law enforcement agencies. Supporters must make a donation to the campaign in order to enter the contest.

Brannon mounted a failed run for Senate in North Carolina in 2014, losing the GOP primary to Thom Tillis, who eventually won the general election.