A Republican assemblyman from the Buffalo area said today that ticket sales are “through the roof” for his fundraiser Saturday that’s offering 10 rifles and shotguns as door prizes.
The $25 tickets to the chicken barbeque have been selling steadily to Saturday’s event in North Java, Wyoming County, said Assemblyman David DiPietro, R-East Aurora, Erie County. The Daily News and the Buffalo News have written about the event, leading to a surge in sales.
“Yesterday, sales did go through the roof. Online sales, we did an unbelievable amount,” DiPietro said. “We spent all night last night and today filling the ticket orders.”
DiPietro wouldn’t say how many tickets have been sold; the proceeds go to his re-election campaign. If a person buys a ticket, they are eligible to win. If they win, they will be notified on how to get the weapon or how to trade it in for cash.
The winners would have to go through any background checks necessary to get the guns.
DiPietro dismissed criticism of the event from gun-control groups. He has been one of the leading critics of a gun-control law adopted last year by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state Legislature.
“It’s a very common thing. It gets zero play over here in this part of the state. They say, ‘really what is all the fuss?” he said.