The Washington Times - July 3, 2013, 11:10PM

It’s the big day for one Texas Republican.

On Independence Day, Rep. Steve Stockman will journey to the Lone Star Gun and Indoor Range in Lumberton to draw the winning name in his free sweepstakes for a Bushmaster AR-15 personal defense rifle. In recent weeks, more than 100,000 signed up for their chance to win what the congressman describes as a potent symbol.


“An AR-15 muzzle flash is the new torch of liberty,” Mr. Stockman says. “This is your chance to drive President Obama crazy and light a fire for liberty with every trigger pull.”

He adds, “Obama would love to grab my Bushmaster AR-15 and have it cut into pieces, along with every other gun in America. Well, I won’t let it happen.”

The raffle itself was one of the more imaginative aspects of Mr. Stockman’s re-election campaign. He describes himself as “the most conservative” lawmaker in Texas, and the rifle as “almost impossible to find in stores and the No. 1 firearm on the gun banners’ wish list.”