Florida congressional candidate hosts AR-15 giveaway in wake of Orlando shooting

Florida congressional candidate hosts AR-15 giveaway in wake of Orlando shooting

Sen. Greg Evers, R-Baker, speaks during a legislative session in Tallahassee, Fla. Evers, who is running for Congress in the Florida Panhandle, has announced a Facebook contest to give away a semi-automatic rifle.  (AP Photo/Steve Cannon, File)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — In the wake of the Orlando shooting, Florida state senator and congressional candidate Greg Evers has decided to host a rifle giveaway.

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Evers, a Republican, wrote in a Facebook post, "I'm not counting on Obama or Congress to protect me from terrorism, and neither should you."

I’m not counting on Obama or Congress to protect me from terrorism, and neither should you.

Posted by Greg Evers for Congress on Monday, June 20, 2016

The congressional hopeful said in the official giveaway post: "With Terrorism on the rise and liberals in Washington talking about taking away your 2nd Amendment Rights I decided to giveaway this custom AR-15. ... Let's send the Washington Liberals a message."

The giveaway is hosted by his congressional campaign and is only open to people living in the Florida Panhandle district he's running in. There are a few more stipulations, too. After "liking" and "sharing" the post on Facebook, the winner will have to pass a background check.

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