In a controlled environment, with certified NRA instructors, the South County Rod and Gun club is host to what was billed as Rhode Island's 2nd amendment celebration.
As part of the event, a raffle was being held with many different items, but the one that raised eyebrows and drew controversy, a similar style rifle to the one used in the Sandy Hook school shootings.
Michael Napolitano, Rhode Island Republican Party and Party Communications Director, spoke to NBC 10 about the event, "actually we sold all of our tickets; I think media publicity helped sell the tickets which was interesting. Was that intended, no when we planned the event that was the last thing we were thinking"
Napolitano told NBC 10 they were just trying to come up with a fundraiser that appealed to a particular audience, but some of the harsh words came from Republicans themselves.
Representative Doreen Costa was one of those Republicans,"were you surprised by some of the people within the party that came out publicly against it? I'm an old Ronald Reagan Republican, I don't criticize anybody in public about my own party, I have problem with somebody in my own party I pick up the phone and call them."
In the end the raffle raised about $15,000 for the party, but that's not the only infusion of cash the state GOP will be seeing. The Republican National Committee has pledged $4,000 a month to the RI GOP.
Mark Smiley, Rhode Island Republican Party Chair, explained the importance of the fundraiser's saying they "allow us to have people on staff all the months of an election cycle, keep doors open, keep running our campaigns."
In hopes of getting more Republicans elected to office in Rhode Island, and putting the rifle raffle controversy to rest.
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