ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Most lawmakers hold banquets to raise funds during their campaigns but one Missouri state senator is holding a shooting competition and giving away an AR-15 rifle.

Sen. Brian Nieves, R-Washington, is perhaps the most zealous Second Amendment advocate in the legislature. He was the Senate sponsor of HB 436, a bill attempting to exempt Missouri from federal gun legislation.

For his next fundraiser at the St. Louis Skeet and Trap Club on Saturday, October 12, Nieves is offering an opportunity to walk away with a rifle for just $100.

“I believe that the AR-15 is a good representation of an American rifle that’s very, very versatile,” Nieves said.

The rifle will be given out as a door prize at the $100-a-person reception after the clay shooting contest. The winner won’t get the gun on the spot, he or she will have to go to a gun shop and pick it up after filling out proper paperwork.

Nieves says he has given away firearms at fundraisers in years past but this is the first year for the AR-15.

“For me this is just a very normal thing to do, it wasn’t the kind of thing that required a tremendous amount of thought,” he said.

“I just think that it’s a very versatile firearm and a great thing to give away. I had no idea that it was going to create this much interest but I’m glad it did,” Nieves said.


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