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OmegaNYC
January 25th, 2007, 12:12 PM
I don't even know where to put this. I saw this in the paper for two straight days. So I guess this is semi-important.


Mike fires up gun sales in Va.
Raffle named for 'idiot' mayor spurs bang-up biz
BY MICHAEL SAUL
DAILY NEWS CITY HALL BUREAU CHIEF
http://www.nydailynews.com/ips_rich_content/168-GunGiveaway.JPGDave Hancock, who works at the Bob Moates shop, shows off gun offered as prize in Bloomberg raffle.


Riled-up rednecks are snapping up tickets to a gun raffle named after Mayor Bloomberg, already trip.ling business at one dealer here.
"He's an idiot," said Richard Hill, manager of Bob Moates Sport Shop, where a hand-scrawled sign on the counter tells customers to "Ask about the Bloomberg Gun GiveAway."

A pro-gun group is sponsoring the contest at three stores in Virginia as payback for the mayor's federal lawsuits against four dealers in the state that Bloomberg says are illegally peddling weapons that end up in the hands of New York criminals.
Bloomberg has sued 23 other out-of-state dealers.

"Mr. Bloomberg seems to think we as the dealer have control over that gun after it's bought and leaves the premises," Hill said. "Sorry - criminals cause the problem. Get the criminals. Put 'em in jail and keep them there. They don't do it again. Law enforcement ain't our job."

Hill said the raffle has tripled business since it began 10 days ago. For every $100 spent on anything in the store, customers receive a red raffle ticket.
A drawing will be held this spring, and the winner will receive a Para-Ordnance .45-caliber automatic, a military-style weapon worth about $750.
Dave Hancock, a longtime employee of the store, called the lawsuit an "absolute joke."

"We go above and beyond. It's not about making the sales, it's about making them the right way," he said. "Let's face it, you take a $500 gun that we make about $45 on. Why would we risk anything for that? It's not worth it."

On Tuesday, Bloomberg called organizers of the raffle "sick people."
The store, located on a busy strip next to a bank and across the street from a hotel, has been open for about 45 years, selling hunting, fishing and camping gear. "The lawsuit is stupid," said Glenn Anderson, 46, a contractor from Long Island who was visiting his sister in the area. "Bloomberg being a Republican is a joke. He never was. He never will be."
When asked if he keeps a gun in his home, Anderson replied, "I have a gun in the car."
"We're basically driving money and customers to the very stores that he's trying to destroy," said Philip Van Cleave, president of the Virginia Citizens Defense League, which is sponsoring the contest. Bloomberg "might hold the gospel in New York. He don't make too much waves down this way," Hill said. "He's just the mayor of New York, after all."

Originally published on January 25, 2007

ZippyTheChimp
January 25th, 2007, 12:23 PM
New Yorkers get stereotyped, and idiots such as these do the same thing to Virginians.