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Anti-Gun Activist Targets Charity Gun Raffle

Friday, August 5, 2016

Anti-Gun Activist Targets Charity Gun Raffle

Charity firearm raffles are a common occurrence throughout much of America—and for good reason. Law-abiding gun owners, or prospective gun owners, get a shot a winning a firearm that might otherwise be outside their budget, and they can do so knowing that even if they lose, the proceeds will go to a good cause.  But even the intersection of Second Amendment rights and the charitable American spirit was too much for one anti-gun activist in New Mexico.

In order to help raise funds for charity, the United Way of Otero County New Mexico decided to have a “calendar raffle” with prizes including many popular firearms and a gun safe.  The raffle stood to raise thousands for the charities that United Way supports, but the inclusion of firearms in the raffle drew the ire of Miranda Viscoli.

Ms. Viscoli apparently discovered the raffle due to her position on the board of United Way of Santa Fe, and immediately set to work to disrupt or terminate the raffle.  While it might seem strange for the board member of one United Way chapter to interfere with the fundraising activities of another chapter, Ms. Viscoli also happens to be the Co-president of New Mexicans to Prevent Gun Violence. 

After discovering the Otero chapter’s firearm raffle, she reached out to United Way Worldwide in an attempt to stop the raffle, which responded by sending what amounts to a “cease and desist” letter to the Otero chapter with threats to revoke their United Way affiliation if the chapter did not terminate the raffle and remove any mention of it from their webpage.

But, even this was not enough for Ms. Viscoli; she also contacted the ATF and encouraged the agency to investigate the Otero chapter’s firearm raffle. It’s unclear what Ms. Viscoli told the ATF, but an ATF investigator contacted the Otero chapter and questioned those involved in the raffle and the licensed firearms dealer who was facilitating the raffle.

The ATF investigator quickly realized that the firearm raffle was complying with all laws, but this episode provides an example of the extent anti-gun extremists will go to in order to attack any activity involving firearms. For Ms. Viscoli, jeopardizing funding for charity and wasting law enforcement resources were no hurdles to pursuing her own personal anti-gun vendetta.

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Friday, January 19, 2018

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Friday, January 19, 2018

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Australia: Queensland’s Labor Party Government Targets MP for Gun Control Heresy

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Friday, January 19, 2018

Australia: Queensland’s Labor Party Government Targets MP for Gun Control Heresy

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Washington: Trigger Modification Ban Passes Committee

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

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Arizona: Signature Gathering Underway For Hunting Ban Initiative

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Friday, January 19, 2018

Arizona: Signature Gathering Underway For Hunting Ban Initiative

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New Jersey:  2018 Brings Bigger Challenges for New Jersey Gun Owners

Friday, January 19, 2018

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Indiana: Rifle Hunting Bill Passes Senate

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Friday, January 19, 2018

Indiana: Rifle Hunting Bill Passes Senate

On Thursday, January 18th, Senate Bill 20 passed the Indiana state Senate by a vote of 47-2 and will now move to the House.  

Washington: House Judiciary to Hear Gun Control Bills

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Washington: House Judiciary to Hear Gun Control Bills

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Hawaii: Trigger Modification Ban Introduced in the Senate

Thursday, January 18, 2018

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Eighteen States, Law Enforcement, Doctors, and Firearm Rights Groups File Amicus Briefs in Lawsuit Challenging California 10+ Magazine Ban

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

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