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Congressional candidate gives away AR-15 while Senate fails to pass gun control measures


Interesting timing. (greenandmean700 / Flickr)

In the wake of the Orlando shooting, the US Senate just rejected a bunch of gun control measures.

Oh, and a congressional candidate in Florida is giving away an AR-15.

Four different gun control measures failed in the Senate yesterday--including those introduced by Republicans. The votes were mostly party-line, and while a couple of the proposals actually got a majority of the vote, they didn't reach the 60-vote threshold to be passed.

The two Republican and two Democratic proposals mostly focused on the same things--updating or expanding background checks for people buying guns and making it harder for people on terror watchlists to purchase firearms.

And, meanwhile, Greg Evers is giving away a custom-built, collector's edition AR-15 as part of his campaign for one of Florida's seats in the US House of Representatives. Adults in Evers' district can enter by liking or sharing the candidate's Facebook page. The winner will be announced July 4th, and must pass background checks.

Evers says:

"With all that's happening in the world today, I've never felt stronger about the importance of the second amendment in protecting our homeland than I do now."

The NRA has given Evers an A-plus grade for the last 15 years, in which he's been a state representative and senator. A Tennessee congressional candidate is also giving away two AR-15's.

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Congressional candidate gives away AR-15 while Senate fails to pass gun control measures

Dana Brown

Dana is a freelance writer from Florida, the state that winter forgot. She likes video games, cats, fantasy novels, and complaining about the weather. Follow her on Twitter for intermittent whining about the First Amendment.

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