Maryland GOP candidate raffles off AR-15 assault weapon
BALTIMORE (AP/FOX News) - A Republican running for a Maryland legislative seat raffled off an AR-15 assault weapon at a Saturday night fundraiser, only days after the same type of weapon was used to kill 17 people at a Florida high school.
The Baltimore Sun reported that about 15 people held a peaceful vigil outside, reading off the names of the 17 victims, as well as others killed in mass shootings, before the fundraiser for sheriff's deputy Aaron Penman.
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The Facebook posting for Penman's event said gun winners would have to complete background checks.
Democrat Allison Berkowitz, also running to represent House District 7, took a turn sharing the stories of shooting victims over a megaphone. She said "we just want things to be safer for all of our children."