Asheville tea party holding gun raffle

Asheville Tea Part 'Great Gun Giveaway'

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — The tea party in Asheville is being criticized for a fundraising raffle for two guns, including one similar to one used in the school shootings in Connecticut.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reported the group posted “The Great Gun Giveaway” on its website Monday. There also are several articles on why gun control and gun-free zones don’t work.

Western Carolina University political scientist Chris Cooper says he’s surprised by the tea party’s timing, when the National Rifle Association took down its Facebook and Twitter accounts after the shooting.

Jane Bilello with the Asheville Tea Party says the fundraiser was planned before the shooting. But she stands by the group’s position that gun control does not work.

The raffle includes an AR15 semi-automatic .223 caliber rifle and a .22 Magnum pistol.

This article was provided by The Associated Press.  (Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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