GOP in Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' District Holds Fundraising Raffle for Gun

| by Michael Allen

The Republican Party in Arizona's Pima County, represented by Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ), is raffling the same model of gun that nearly killed her outside a Tucson grocery store in January. The raffle tickets for the firearm cost $10.

The gun is a Glock 23, an updated model of the Glock 19, which Jared Loughner allegedly used during his January 8, 2011 shooting spree, which killed six and injured 13 others, including Giffords.

The local Republican Party sent out its e-newsletter last week advertising the raffle. On the third page of the seven-page document, a picture of the gun appears with the headline "Help Pima GOP get out the vote and maybe help yourself to a new Glock .40."

The winner of the gun will also receive three 12-round magazines for the firearm. "Tickets will go quickly for this firearm!" the newsletter gleefully claims. The money raised from the raffle tickets will go toward get out the vote efforts for the Republican Party.

 No Republican has officially been announced to run against Giffords in 2012, but Arizona state senator Frank Antenori (R) said that he was contemplating running for the seat if Giffords did not attempt reelection.

Pima County GOP, the Arizona Republican Party and Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' office have not issued statements yet.