- Associated Press - Thursday, January 7, 2016

CLAREMONT, N.H. (AP) - Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump was presented with a custom AR-15 rifle before the businessman’s rally in southwestern New Hampshire.

The team from Black Op Arms in Claremont gave Trump the semi-automatic rifle in a private room before his event at Stevens High School Tuesday night.

Co-owner Mark Limoges says the group, which also included fellow owner Greg Belisle and operations manager John Stone, has supported Trump since the beginning of his campaign.

The trio began crafting the firearm when they learned Trump was stopping in Claremont.

The weapon is inscribed with the shop’s logo, an American flag and New Hampshire’s “Live Free or Die” motto. It also features a symbolic serial number, 1-4-5, which stands for Trump being the group’s No. 1 choice for the country’s 45th president.

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