A Political Candidate Launchs Campaign By Giving Away An AK-47

A Greenville, SC candidate for adjutant general is reportedly planning on launching his campaign this weekend by raffling off an AK-47 rifle.

The Greenville News reports that 58-year-old Republican Dean Allen said the free sweepstakes is his way of celebrating gun rights and the Second Amendment.

Allen said the winner will still have to meet all the criteria required for gun ownership, including an FBI background check.

“I’m not worried about people that legally own weapons,” Allen told the paper. “I’m worried about people that get them illegally without meeting all these criteria.”

Allen said the rifle will be given away at a “machine gun social” at Allen Arms, a Greenville indoor shooting range. Allen told the paper the cost is $25, for which you can eat barbecue and shoot a clip of bullets from your choice of automatic weapons.

So far Allen is the only candidate for the office, as current Republican Adjutant General Stan Spears has not announced his decision whether to run again.

The adjutant general runs the Army and Air National Guard, the State Guard and the Emergency Management Division. South Carolina is the only state where voters elect the adjutant general.

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