Alabama congressional candidate holding a drawing to win an AR-15
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A Republican congressional candidate in Alabama who previously served as Roy MooreRoy Stewart MooreMontgomery, Ala., elects first African American mayor GOP Senate candidate Tommy Tuberville says Trump has 'put a noose' around farmers' necks with trade war Sen. Doug Jones launches reelection bid in Alabama MORE’s campaign manager is giving away a free AR-15 rifle. reported Tuesday that Rich Hobson will hold a random drawing to give away an AR-15 on Memorial Day. He framed the giveaway as an example of how much he values Second Amendment rights.

“The Second Amendment’s language points to a greater burden of every household to be prepared to defend this country if necessary,” he said. 


“Because of that, I believe that it is right and proper for every family in the country to own an AR-15 Defense Rifle,” he added. 

Hobson’s campaign said a local outdoor gear retailer will handle necessary background checks and other legal requirements.

AR-15s have been used in multiple mass shootings in recent years. Pro-gun advocates have defended the weapon, saying it's commonly used for hunting.

Hobson is one of several Republicans challenging incumbent Rep. Martha RobyMartha Dubina RobyHere are the lawmakers who aren't seeking reelection in 2020 Pelosi: GOP retirements indicate they'll be in the minority, with Democrat in the White House The Hill's 12:30 Report: House panel approves impeachment powers MORE (R-Ala.) in a June 5 primary.

Hobson ran Moore’s campaign for U.S. Senate last year.

Moore, who faced multiple allegations during the campaign of sexual misconduct, ultimately lost to Sen. Doug Jones (D-Ala.). Moore, a former state Supreme Court justice, has since filed multiple lawsuits over the election result.