Candidate for Virginia governor giving away AR-15 rifle

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Posted: Dec 12, 2016 1:32 PM

MANASSAS, Va. (AP) — A Republican candidate for Virginia governor is giving away an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle as part of his campaign.

Prince William Board of Supervisors Chairman Corey Stewart announced the giveaway Saturday in a campaign email to supporters to show his dedication to the Second Amendment.

AR-15-style weapons and other assault-style rifles have been the subject of fierce debate because of their use in mass shootings across the United States, including the 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, and the Orlando club massacre this summer.

Stewart told The Washington Post (http://wapo.st/2gwbHQh) that he doesn't see this as a controversial contest.

He says winners will have to undergo a background check and that he's giving away the weapon through a dealer to adhere to state and federal regulations.