Virginia Governor candidate Corey Stewart announces winner of AR-15 giveaway

    Republican candidate for Governor of Virginia, Corey Stewart, gestures as he speaks at the Virginia Chamber of Commerce Economic Summit at Colonial Williamsburg in Williamsburg, Va., Friday, Dec. 2, 2016. (AP File Photo/Steve Helber)

    Virginia Governor candidate and Republican Corey Stewart has announced the winner of his AR-15 rifle giveaway on Friday.

    The winner of the gun is a Navy veteran and member of the National Rifle Association (NRA) from Woodbridge, Virginia, according to a release from Corey Stewart's campaign.

    An official presentation ceremony of the gun will take place on Friday, Jan. 13 at All Shooters Tactical in Woodbridge, the release states.

    Stewart was giving away the assault rifle as part of his campaign and tweeted the information to people interested in participating. Stewart is a former Virginia campaign chairman for President-elect Donald Trump.

    “We will be doing the drawing in January and at that time I’m going to be rolling my proposal for constitutional carry here in the Commonwealth of Virginia,” said Stewart.

    Constitutional carry would mean that gun owners could be allowed concealed weapons without a permit. A similar proposal was defeated in the state Senate in February.

    In December 2016, Stewart's gun giveaway attracted a lot of media attention from gun control advocates and gun rights supporters, and was also met with some criticism, “I think that this is both highly insensitive and highly irresponsible of Mr. Stewart. This coming week, we’re going to be recognizing the fourth anniversary of the horrific shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary school ... the weapon used was an AR-15 ... semi-automatic assault rifle,” said Martina Leinz, who is a spokesperson for the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.

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