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Pima Co. GOP to Raffle Same Type Gun Used to Shoot Rep. Giffords

Tom Williams/Roll Call(TUCSON, Ariz.) -- Forget quilts and cookies, the Pima County Republican Party in Arizona is auctioning off a handgun at their next party fundraiser. And not just any handgun -- the same series of pistol that was used in the Tucson shooting of Rep. Gabriel Giffords in January.

“Help Pima County get out the vote and maybe help yourself to a new Glock .45. Get yourself a new Glock 23 .40 cal handgun for just 10 bucks -- if your name is drawn. That’s right for just 10 dollars this gun could be yours,” reads the Pima GOP’s flyer that was sent to supporters Aug. 26.

The text is followed by a large photo of the handgun and a note that the gun comes with three 12-round magazines.

“This raffle shows a stunning lack of judgment and sensitivity in raffling of the same make of weapon used in the January shooting,” said Jeff Rogers, the chairman of the Pima County Democratic Party. Pima County includes Tucson. “It’s a slap in the face of a grieving community.”

Rogers said the Glock 23 that the GOP plans to raffle off is a more powerful, more easily concealed version of the Glock 19 used to shoot Giffords.

“If these guys had chosen to raffle off a shotgun or a hunting rifle it might not have gone so nuts on the Internet,” he said. “We’re pretty raw and still on edge down here and it certainly doesn’t help to heal this community.”

Pima GOP’s interim director, Mark Shaw, said “there weren’t any concerns” about the gun raffle until The Huffington Post reported about it Thursday.

“We at the Pima GOP regard gun ownership as a constitutional right and an Arizona tradition,” Shaw said. “We’re just standing on the Second Amendment and we certainly don’t feel like we’re doing something wrong.”

But the former leader of the Pima County GOP told Talking Points Memo he disagrees with his predecessor.

“There’s a woman who has a bullet in the brain and who everybody is wishing a full recovery,” Brian Miller, the immediate past chair of the Pima County GOP told TPM. “I don’t think that raffling off a firearm right now is probably the right way to go.”

Giffords, D-Ariz., is still recovering after being shot in the head by 22-year-old Jared Loughner in January. Six others were shot and killed at the open meeting the congresswoman was holding at a Tucson Safeway grocery store.

Gifford’s spokesman Mike Kimball declined to comment on the gun raffle, saying only that “we don’t, as a congressional office, get involved in political issues at all.”

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Glock 19: How Did Unemployed Loughner Buy Expensive Pistol?

Photo Courtesy - Pima County Sheriff's Department(TUCSON, Ariz.) – Questions remain about how Jared Lee Loughner could afford the Glock 19 he allegedly used in the attempted assassination of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. The popular firearm costs about $450, not including ammunition and magazines.

Loughner legally purchased the Glock at a Sportsman's Warehouse chain store in Tucson on Nov. 30 after completing a form and passing a background check. Walmart Inc. confirmed that Loughner tried to buy ammunition at one of its stores but was refused service due to "strange behavior," according to the FBI. He was later able to get it at another Walmart.

Sportsman's Warehouse had no comment about Loughner's method of payment. Jason Ogan, spokesman for the Pima County Sheriff's Department, said he did not have information related to Loughner's payment method either.

Loughner appeared Monday before a Phoenix judge, who assigned him two public defenders. Based on a financial affidavit that Loughner signed, the judge said he might not be able to afford defense attorneys.

Six people were killed and 14 injured in Tucson on Saturday. Giffords, shot in the left hemisphere of the brain, was in critical condition in a Tucson hospital. Loughner is charged with one federal count of attempted assassination of a member of Congress, two counts of killing an employee of the federal government, and two counts of attempting to kill a federal employee.

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