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Carr to give away AR-15 in Mt. Juliet

Xavier Smith • Updated Jun 30, 2016 at 1:30 PM

A Congressional candidate will give away an AR-15 this weekend at a Second Amendment event this weekend at Charlie Daniels Park in Mt. Juliet.

Sixth Congressional District Republican candidate Joe Carr will give away the assault rifle during Ralph Bristol’s “2nd Amendment is Homeland Security” event Saturday at the park. Carr will face Congresswoman Diane Black, Tommy N. Hay and Donald Strong in the Republican primary election this fall.

“In the wake of the Supreme Court unwilling to hear a case on Connecticut’s unconstitutional ban of some semi-automatic guns we are one administration away from losing our Second Amendment Rights. While the current administration, Hillary Clinton and those on the left continue their mission to disarm Americans, I will not sit quietly, and that is why I am featuring our AR-15 drawing,” Carr said.

Carr, a lifetime member of the Tennessee Firearms Association, failed to pick up an endorsement from the National Rifle Association, which went to Black. His give away announcement followed the endorsement announcement. 

Carr has received some criticism about the give away in wake of the Orlando mass shooting at a gay nightclub that killed 49 people and wounded 53 others. Officials said the shooter used a Sig Sauer MCX .223-caliber rifle that uses a magazine and ammunition similar to an AR-15 and a Glock 17 9mm pistol.

Carr referenced the Declaration of Independence and said, “I will not allow the vision of these brave men to die in vain. Without the Second Amendment we will lose our nation.”

The event will start at 10 a.m. and in order to be eligible for the drawing the person must pass a background check. 

Black also mentioned the Constitution in her recent call for the expansion of gun control rights.

“As a firearm owner myself, I believe that instead of eroding the Second Amendment, we must expand these rights so that Americans are empowered to protect themselves from those who would do us harm,” she said.

“This means passing legislation like the National Right to Carry Reciprocity Act, so that law abiding citizens can take their firearms with them wherever they may travel within the United States. It also means curtailing the use of so-called ‘gun free zones’ – which is exactly where this terrorist attack in Orlando occurred. My greatest wish in the wake of this atrocity is that an armed civilian bystander would have been able to apprehend this terrorist before he inflicted further harm, but under Florida state law, such a person would have been committing a crime themselves.

Primary elections will be Aug. 4 and early voting starts on July 17.

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