Commentary, Courts & the Law

NC GOP raffling off assault weapons to boost judicial candidates

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There’s no explanation as to why one needs to be a man or own an AR-15 semi-automatic assault weapon (a weapon banned in some states) or a handgun to hunt game, but that isn’t stopping the North Carolina Republican Party from conducting a raffle for “North Carolina Republican Sportsmen” to benefit its “Judicial Victory Fund.”

Among the items one can get a chance to obtain through the raffle: a “Custom Built Trump AR-15 .223/5.56” (which appears to feature — we’re not making this up — engraved images of Trump’s signature comb over) and a “DPMS Oracle AR-15 .223/5.56.”

For those “sportsmen” who want to hunt with handguns (and since the raffle tickets feature an image of what appear to be deer antlers and the website an image of what appears to be Carolina woodlands, one presumes that’s the activity being suggested here) there’s also an “Auto-Ordnance 1911 – ‘MAGA’ Edition V1 .45 ACP Limited Edition” and a “Glock G19 Trump Edition 9mm” — both of which are also emblazoned with images of you-know-who.

Thankfully, the website promoting the event includes a sentence reading: “Ticket Buyer is responsible for verifying they are legally allowed to purchase or own a firearm.” One fervently hopes that it will be enforced.

And one also hopes that the would-be North Carolina jurists who will benefit from the proceeds from this fundraiser are having at least some inklings of discomfort in being associated with such an event and stand prepared to rule in a fully unbiased and impartial manner when it comes to any kind of firearm regulation or enforcement action that comes before them.

Click here to learn more about the raffle.


  1. Brad

    September 25, 2020 at 11:30 am

    Interesting “opinion” piece.

  2. Frank

    September 25, 2020 at 12:39 pm

    Calling an AR 15 an assault rifle automatically shows that whoever wrote this is uninformed.

  3. Marc

    September 25, 2020 at 1:33 pm

    Give it a rest Frank Burns. The Ar-15 was developed as an assault weapon and it is just more of your delusions and lies to say otherwise. Speaking as a expert on the weapon and as a ex Army Special Forces Infantry Officer the Ar-15 or any of its derivatives is an absolutely terrible weapon to hunt with due to the tumbling that occurs when the round impacts which results the tissues just being shredded and destroyed. So the only one who is uninformed here, as usual, is you.

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