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 MooreGOP Senate campaign arm hits battleground-state Dems over 'Medicare for All,' Green New Deal The Hill's Morning Report — Category 5 Mueller storm to hit today GOP leaders dead set against Roy Moore 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 RobyOcasio-Cortez: 'I was stopped because it was assumed I was an intern' Insurgency shakes up Democratic establishment Dem House candidate claims Russians tried to hack campaign website 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.