Amid an emerging dispute over allowing gun shows on city property, the Asheville Tea Party will draw the winning raffle tickets for its controversial “Great Gun Giveaway” fundraiser Jan. 5 in the parking lot of the WNC Agricultural Center during the Land of Sky Gun and Knife Show.
Announced just a few days after the Dec. 14 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn, the controversial fundraiser has attracted national attention and criticism from the Huffington Post.
Meanwhile, the event is also playing out as Asheville City Council Member Cecil Bothwell pushes for the city to enforce an ordinance banning the carrying of weapons on city owned properties, affectively outlawing gun shows from such areas. The Asheville Civic Center (now called the U.S. Cellular Center) and WNC Agricultural Center have both been rented to gun show promoters in recent years, despite this long-standing ban, Bothwell noted in a Jan. 1 press release on the matter. Bothwell said he asked City Attorney Bob Oast to look in to the matter.
In the meantime, the Land of the Sky Gun and Knife Show and the Asheville Tea Party fundraiser were set to continue. A press release from Asheville Tea Party chair Jane Bilello called the response to the raffle “overwhelming,” noting that the group sold out of its 200 allotted tickets. The raffle event asked participants to donate a minimum of $20 to the group’s political action committee in order to have a chance to win a semi-automatic rifle. Or participants could donate a minimum of $10 to have a chance to win a .22 magnum pistol and 30-round clip.
The rules stipulate that any winners must be North Carolina residents, pass all required background checks, and make arrangements with Capitol Pawn in Asheville for pick up of the weapons. Should the winner not pass the background checks, another name will be drawn, according to the press release.
Read the Jan. 2 release in its entirety here:
For Immediate Release
“Draw for Asheville Tea PAC’s “Great Gun Give Away” in the Parking Lot at High Noon at the Land of Sky Gun and Knife Show, Saturday, January 5th
You did not win and you did not lose… yet. All of the ticket donations were sold out within three days of the formal announcement. The draw is to be held at high noon this Saturday in the parking lot at the Land of Sky Gun and Knife Show at the WNC Agricultural Center, Airport Road in Fletcher.
If you would like to come and join us for the event, we invite you to step out into the parking lot AT HIGH NOON! Do you feel lucky?
The response to the raffle was overwhelming. We limited the ticket donations to 200 per gun. We had to return some donations because we were oversold and some came from out-of state Patriots. To respect the privacy of the winners, we will not publically announce their names. Winners will be contacted by the ATPAC Board. We advocate for responsible gun ownership, always. The winners must be North Carolina residents, pass all required background checks, and make arrangements with Capitol Pawn in Asheville for pick up. Should the winner not pass the background checks, another name will be drawn.
Asheville Tea PAC stands firm in our support to rid ourselves of gun free zones sanctioned by the 1993 Federal Gun Free School Zone Act that legalizes killing zones of innocents, and to support law abiding citizens in their inalienable right to bear arms that is enshrined in our United States Constitution. Law abiding citizens have respect for life and are our best defense against the mentally deranged and the sociopaths who commit unspeakable horrors. Statistics and the facts bear this out. For more information, go to www.ashevilleteapac.org.
Asheville Tea PAC is a political action committee. We report to the North Carolina Board of Elections every three months, as do candidates. We support candidates who support the principles of the Asheville Tea Party: limited government, fiscal responsibility, individual rights, and free market capitalism.
The Land of Sky Gun and Knife Show at the WNC Ag Center hours: Saturday, January 5th: 9 AM– 5 PM. Sunday, January 6th: 10 AM to 4 PM.
We are also rolling out our next raffle that we are doing thanks to Carolina Readiness Supply in Waynesville. You can go ahead and enter the “Readiness Raffle” online now at www.ashevilleteapac.org.