The group Rocky Mountain Gun Owners is giving away an AR-15 as a prize to a lucky volunteer in the effort to recall Sen. Evie Hudak, D-Westminster.
The group advertised on Facebook encouraging people to volunteer to collect signatures to force a recall election of Hudak. Hudak supported five gun-related bills last session that drew the ire of gun-rights advocates from across the nation.
Danielle Thompson, press secretary for Rock Mountain Gun Owners said the give-away was an exercise of Second Amendment Rights as well as a fantastic way to drum up support.
“We think it’s appropriate,” Thompson said. “These are law abiding gun-owners … we had a record number of volunteers show up last Saturday.”
Thompson said it’s also one of the most popular guns sold.
“It’s incredibly insensitive,” said Eileen McCarron, president of Colorado Ceasefire. “They’ve also raffled off shotguns and the two weapons that were used in the Aurora Theater were a shotgun and an AR-15.”
James Holmes is facing trail for entering an Aurora movie theater in July 2012 and opening fire with a Remington shotgun and a Smith & Wesson M&P 15 – a type of AR-15 semi-automatic rifle.
Depending on the version, a M&P 15 retails online for around $1,500.
Twelve people were killed and another 70 injured.
Thompson said Rocky Mountain Gun Owners have not given away any shotguns, but that the Recall Hudak Too group may have.
Following the massacre, and in the wake of a similar shooting in a Newtown, Conn. elementary school, Democrats in Colorado pushed for stricter gun laws. Five bills passed including a ban on sales of high-capacity magazines and a requirement that background checks be conducted for all gun-transfers, even between private individuals.
Groups opposed to the legislation have already ousted two Democrats from the Senate: Sen. John Morse, D-Colorado Springs and Sen. Angela Giron, D-Pueblo. If Hudak goes to the ballot, and is removed from office by voters, Republicans would hold a majority in the Senate.
Thompson said recalling Hudak is about more than just guns though.
“She went against her constituents and she went against their wishes,” Thompson said.