Under the Dome

Gun raffle to raise money for Wake County Republican Party

The Wake County Republican Party is raffling off a trio of guns to raise money for this year’s election campaign.

On Thursday afternoon, the party sent out an email encouraging supporters to buy tickets for the “U-Pick It Gun Raffle,” in which three winners will be drawn to choose one of “three great long guns” – an AK-47, a sport rifle and a shotgun.

“Celebrate the 2nd Amendment and support the Wake County Republican Party in the process,” the invite says. Supporters can buy a ticket for $10 or 10 tickets for $50; the raffle ends on July 9.

Gun raffles are relatively common for conservative group fundraisers. In 2012, the Asheville Tea Party made national headlines when it held a raffle for assault weapons that were similar to those used in the Newtown, Conn., school shooting that year.