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RI GOP raffles rifle despite controversy

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By Dana Griffin


WEST GREENWICH- Today's rifle raffle may have been a huge success with the Rhode Island Republican Party selling out of tickets days in advance.

But now, organizers admit, it may not have been the best way to raise money.

"In hind sight we probably would have chosen a different firearm because that's seemed to be what the big deal was all about," said RI GOP communications director, Michael Napolitano.

Organizers say this 2nd amendment celebration was meant to raise funds by targeting a different group of people.

Napolitano said, "This is the type of firearm that you would utilize for target practice. It's not the type of firearm you defend your house with. It's not the type of firearm you go hunting with."

Others in the party call it bad politics; saying it will hurt the party's chance of winning elections.

AR–15's are legal, but even supporters of today's raffle are split on whether assault rifles should be allowed.

"So maybe I'm a little for the assault rifle ban. I think that's something more for the military but anything else we have a right," said Francis Adamski.

Daniel Adamski said, "If we're banning guns because they kill people, then let's start banning cars because they kill people too."

The winner of the raffle has to go through a background check in order to claim the prize. That person's name is not being released.


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