Skip to comments.AK-47 assault rifle raffled at rally - in Illinois
Posted on 04/01/2005 10:57:53 AM PST by Gene Vidocq
Leo Buchignani, junior in communications and president of The Orange and Blue Observer, calls the winner of the AK-47 raffle Thursday afternoon on the Quad. The Orange and Blue Observer, a conservative journal at the University, will use the raffle money to buy the gun and to help fund their paper.
The Orange and Blue Observer (OBO), a conservative political journal at the University, staged a controversial raffle Thursday - first prize was an AK-47 assault rifle.
Michael Hooper, a police officer from Mattoon, Ill., was announced the winner of the firearm by OBO members at a booth outside the Illini Union. Alex Kroll, OBO treasurer, said more than 140 tickets were purchased, netting the OBO a profit of $405.
Hooper will purchase the gun for $290 from Dave's Firearms & Cycle Repair, 1868 County Road 1600 N in Urbana. The OBO will then reimburse Hooper using money made from the raffle.
To enter the raffle, participants paid $5 and had to state that they had a Firearms Ownership Identification Document (FOID). If a participant didn't have a FOID, the OBO provided applications for the participants.
A FOID is required in Illinois to buy or possess a firearm, according to the Illinois State Police Web site.
Leo Buchignani, president of the OBO, said the raffle would help pay for future issues of the journal.
The OBO, a registered student organization, normally publishes three times a school year with funding from the Student Organization Resource Fee (SORF), said Leo Buchignani, OBO president. However, this year the SORF board only gave the journal enough funding to publish two issues.
The OBO used the raffle to help fund their paper, Buchignani said.
Kroll also said the raffle was meant to raise awareness about the benefits of gun ownership.
The more people have guns, Kroll said, the less crime there will be.
"Consequently, every law-abiding citizen should own one," he said, "Provided, we don't know who will use one and who will not, but it's a risk we have to take."
OBO members argued that most citizens cannot protect themselves if they do not have a gun.
"Illinois is one of the most restrictive states for gun laws and we are protesting the high amounts of murder, rape assaults and crimes in Illinois," Buchignani said. "By putting one more gun into the hands of law-abiding citizens, we're providing protection."
If more women carried firearms, Buchignani said, there would be fewer cases of rape. Buchignani said possessing a gun makes differences in physical strength irrelevant in violent situations.
"Hand guns eliminate the strength advantage of men over women," Buchignani said. "I don't understand why feminists don't advocate this cause. Hand guns prevent crimes and we used an AK-47 to emphasize that free citizens have a duty to be armed."
The raffle winner was announced at 3 p.m. Hooper was not present during the announcement, and an OBO member left a message on Hooper's phone.
During the announcement, about 10 protesters sat on a nearby stone bench holding signs.
A.J. Kane, freshman in ACES, held a sign entitled, "Anthrax Raffle." He also had a sign-up clipboard to challenge the validity of the OBO's purpose.
Kane explained his sign by saying, "Both anthrax and an AK-47 have a lot of power to kill.
"As absurd as it is to offer anthrax on campus, offering and AK-47 is even more absurd," he said.
Kane said he supports gun ownership and owns a single-shot rifle for target purposes.
"However, the AK-47 is a combat weapon with too high of a capacity to kill, and its existence should be limited," he said. "There's a point where a weapon's killing power makes it too dangerous for people to have (an AK-47),"
Other protesters agreed.
If he had to use that single shot to protect himself and missed he would wish he had a AK-47
Wow, Leo Buchignani was the winner of a fully automatic rifle? If he is lucky it is one that came from the Izmash factory. Great article...stupid and misleading title.
They did NOT raffle an AK-47 rifle. The idiots at this gun shop can't even get it right! This crap only feeds the gun ban frenzy.
They raffled an AK-47 STYLED rifle, the civilian version, which is only semiautomatic. On shot fired for each squeeze of the trigger. Good grief.
"Dave's Firearms & Cycle Repair"
Hi, I need some new grip tape on my ten-speed's handlebars and a box of .45 Hydra-shoks please!
Is that at really accurate rifle? Like the one a SNIPER would use to murder someone at a distance?
Awe, I didn't know about this. I should have bought a ticket.
"AK-47 STYLED rifle, the civilian version, which is only semiautomatic." How come nobody ever figures this out.
Oops... It was Leo Buchignani, junior in communications and president of The Orange and Blue Observer, who calld the rifle an AK-47. It was still a stupid thing to do.
""AK-47 STYLED rifle, the civilian version, which is only semiautomatic." How come nobody ever figures this out."
Because too many gun owners use the antigun and MSM jargon. We only help our enemies by using the wrong terms.
Bull, those rounds are NOT "powerful" by rifle standards. That's one of the reasons they're banned for hunting in many states.
Hey!! don't knock Daves. I am one of the regulars there. kind of like Norm on Cheers
Well done OBO.
Let me know about the next time, eh ?
So is it a bicycle shop or a motorcycle shop?
It is my understanding that a resident of Daley's Kingdom also has to have a FOID to buy ammo.
A resident from another state can buy ammo without a FOID in Illinois.
Dailey's subjects are getting _______ !
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