Lawmaker to give away AR-15s

Lawmaker to give away AR-15s”

A Tennessee lawmaker will give away two AR-15 assault rifles as door prizes to attendees of an upcoming fundraiser - the same style of gun a man used in a shooting that left 50 dead and more than 50 others injured on Latin night in a gay nightclub in Orlando early Sunday morning. "We should focus on the depravity of the heart of the person who's pulling the trigger".

Holt told the Tennessean that he remains convinced that the weapon used Orlando's mass shooting has no bearing on the massacre.

The caller can be heard in the recordings bragging about having multiple firearms, saying, "I have plenty of guns, and a license to carry". When he was heavily criticized following Sunday's shootings, he said he would give away a second one as well.

Holt went on to complain about being spied on the by the NSA, which he said "allows suspected terrorists to easily walk away".

Holt said there is no functional difference between any semi-automatic weapon and an AR-15, and argued that it didn't matter that an AR-15 had been used in various American mass shootings in recent years, including the 2012 shooting in an Aurora, Colo., movie theater and last year's mass shooting in San Bernardino, Calif. "It's not about the gun".

Holt said his door prize will encourage people to protect themselves.

"Dear media, you want to know if I'm still giving away an AR-15?" Out of concern for children that are often visiting the Capitol, we are now filing a report with Tennessee State Troopers.

State police are taking the exchange seriously and investigating it as Holt's actions draw more attention. "And if they have a firearm, go out and purchase another one to be trained in the execution of using that weapon in a risky situation", he said.

Holt explained his decision to offer a second AR-15 in a lengthy Facebook posting on Monday.

I call on Speaker Ryan to bring a bill to the House floor banning all assault weapons and high capacity magazines. "After all, it was a bullet that stopped the terrorist".

Holt went on to say that the rifle he was also angry over all the phone calls he was getting asking if he was still giving away the AR-15. Protect your family. Protect yourselves.

State Democratic Party Chair Mary Mancini on Monday remarked that the victor of the raffle could be "the next mass shooter".

In the late afternoon, Holt announced on Twitter that he planned to give away two AR-15s at the fundraiser.

He said President Barack Obama has no control over the event and the women's division for the shoot is only open to biological females. "He said the states have a right not to enforce such orders, writing in part: "... if you want to enforce your unconstitutional executive orders... come on down to Rocky Top and do it yourself".

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