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AK-47 assault rifle raffled at rally - in Illinois
DAILY ILLINI University of Illinois Newspaper ^ | Friday, April 1, 2005

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.


TOPICS: Miscellaneous; US: Illinois
KEYWORDS: ak47; assaultrifle; bang; gunlaws; illinois; newbie
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1 posted on 04/01/2005 10:57:55 AM PST by Gene Vidocq
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To: Gene Vidocq

If he had to use that single shot to protect himself and missed he would wish he had a AK-47


2 posted on 04/01/2005 11:02:29 AM PST by lakeman (when a marine kills the only thing he feels is the recoil of his rifle)
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To: Gene Vidocq

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.


3 posted on 04/01/2005 11:02:54 AM PST by canucksvt
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To: Gene Vidocq
first prize was an AK-47 assault rifle

I sincerely doubt it was an AK-47 assault rifle. But, still, raffling a semi-auto variant is a good thing!
4 posted on 04/01/2005 11:03:33 AM PST by andyk
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To: Gene Vidocq
Um... it's not an "assault rifle."
5 posted on 04/01/2005 11:03:50 AM PST by demlosers (Soylent Green is made in Florida)
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To: Gene Vidocq

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.


6 posted on 04/01/2005 11:07:14 AM PST by need_a_screen_name
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To: Gene Vidocq

"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!


7 posted on 04/01/2005 11:07:55 AM PST by Sax
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To: Gene Vidocq
Kane said he supports gun ownership and owns a single-shot rifle for target purposes.

Is that at really accurate rifle? Like the one a SNIPER would use to murder someone at a distance?

8 posted on 04/01/2005 11:08:47 AM PST by Blood of Tyrants (G-d is not a Republican. But Satan is definitely a Democrat.)
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To: Gene Vidocq

Awe, I didn't know about this. I should have bought a ticket.


9 posted on 04/01/2005 11:12:25 AM PST by bahblahbah
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To: Sax

Sweet...gun.

10 posted on 04/01/2005 11:12:46 AM PST by Gene Vidocq (Damnation is the price he'll pay, for an evil man's desire.)
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"AK-47 STYLED rifle, the civilian version, which is only semiautomatic." How come nobody ever figures this out.


11 posted on 04/01/2005 11:13:02 AM PST by JOE43270 (JOE43270 America voted and said we are One Nation Under God with Liberty and Justice for All.)
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To: need_a_screen_name

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.


12 posted on 04/01/2005 11:14:04 AM PST by need_a_screen_name
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To: JOE43270

""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.


13 posted on 04/01/2005 11:15:51 AM PST by need_a_screen_name
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To: Gene Vidocq
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.


Note to self: don't move to Illinois.
14 posted on 04/01/2005 11:17:22 AM PST by Ain Soph Aur
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To: Gene Vidocq
an AK-47 have a lot of power to kill

Bull, those rounds are NOT "powerful" by rifle standards. That's one of the reasons they're banned for hunting in many states.

15 posted on 04/01/2005 11:19:38 AM PST by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it.)
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To: Sax

Hey!! don't knock Daves. I am one of the regulars there. kind of like Norm on Cheers


16 posted on 04/01/2005 11:24:45 AM PST by BobinIL
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To: bahblahbah
Selling raffle tickets for a gun has been and still is a money maker for groups and organizations.

Well done OBO.

Let me know about the next time, eh ?

17 posted on 04/01/2005 11:26:23 AM PST by TYVets (God so loved the world he didn't send a committee)
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To: Gene Vidocq

Prom night?


18 posted on 04/01/2005 11:34:05 AM PST by Disambiguator
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To: BobinIL

So is it a bicycle shop or a motorcycle shop?


19 posted on 04/01/2005 11:34:52 AM PST by Disambiguator
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To: Ain Soph Aur
"Note to self: don't move to Illinois."

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 _______ !

20 posted on 04/01/2005 11:40:24 AM PST by TYVets (God so loved the world he didn't send a committee)
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