Gun Raffle Rewards Voters
October 25, 2012 by UPI - United Press International, Inc.
SMYRNA, Ga., (UPI) – The owner of a Georgia store has raised the ire of a state senator by offering guns as prizes for a raffle open to voters.
State Sen. Vincent Fort, D-Atlanta, filed a complaint Tuesday with the Georgia Secretary of State against Jay Wallace, owner of Adventure Outdoors in Smyrna, which is offering a promotion to enter customers in a raffle to win a Browning rifle or a Glock handgun if they vote in November, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Wednesday.
“It’s just getting people involved in the process,” Wallace said. “I don’t understand what his problem is. Is he afraid somebody’s going to get involved in our political system?”
Fort said the promotion runs afoul of a state law banning people and businesses from offering money or gifts in exchange for voting or registering to cote.
“I sent a letter to the secretary of state this morning, asking him to look into it and put a stop to the raffle,” Fort said. “These billboards are prominently positioned all over the metro area, and I’m surprised the secretary of state didn’t intervene earlier.”