VA gubernatorial candidate giving away assault rifle in Christmas contest

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — A Republican candidate in the running to be the next governor of Virginia has kicked off a Christmas giveaway of an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle to one of his supporters.

The AR-15 is a highly controversial weapon, having been used in recent mass shootings such as the Sandy Hook massacre at an elementary school, the Aurora movie theater shooting, and the ISIS-inspired workplace attack in San Bernardino.

And most recently, an AR-15 was fired at Comet Ping Pong Pizza in DC when a man went there heavily armed to investigate “Pizzagate”. 

Stewart is a staunch supporter of second amendment rights to keep and bear arms. He is in his fourth term as chairman of the Prince William County Board of Supervisors.

Recently, he came to national attention when he chaired President-Elect Donald Trump’s Virginia campaign and was fired in October for organizing a protest outside of the RNC headquarters.

Stewart disseminated the contest to win the gun through his campaign email list. Supporters can either enter the contest by donating to his campaign on his fundraising website, or by entering without making a donation on his official page.