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AR-15 giveaway attracts tens of thousands of entries

LOVELAND, Colo. — As lawmakers both in Washington and Colorado consider new tougher gun laws, interest clearly remains high in gun ownership across Colorado.

Friday, a Colorado gun group held a raffle in Loveland for a semi-automatic rifle. There were around 30,000 entries. That’s 30,000 entries.

“We got a colt 69-20 here and it comes with 100 rounds of ammunition,” John Jensen, owner of Jensen Arms tells the crowd in the store. The gun shop donated the AR-15 for the drawing.

Dudley Brown with Rocky Mountain Gun Owners called the winner, whose name we’re not releasing, with the news. “You are the winner of the Jensen Arms AR-15 giveaway,” Brown proclaimed. “Well, that is excellent,” the man on the other end of the line said.

Brown says he hoped the raffle would attract 5,000 entries. So, he was stunned with the number of entries that were actually received.

“I was flabbergasted by the number of people who entered the drawing. We didn’t expect that,” he says.

The store was packed with people hoping to win. “I actually have a friend who has one and I’ve fired it and I think it’s fabulous,” says Cindy Muccha.

Syndi Anderson was also there hoping she’d walk away with the new AR-15. “It’s a way to express myself. It’s a way to protect our Second Amendment rights.” She says she’ll buy one, since she didn’t win the raffle.

The store’s owner says he can’t keep assault rifles in stock right now. He points to a gun rack and says, “Two months ago this rack would be completely full with ‘ARs’.”

People are buying them so fast because of proposed bans.

Ammunition shelves are nearly empty as people concerned about proposed tax increases stock up.

Concealed weapons permit classes are full, and so are gun ranges.