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Greg Evers’ AR-15 giveaway is still a go

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State Sen. Greg Evers‘ contest to give away a semi-automatic rifle is still on despite the original post being taken down by Facebook.

The Baker Republican, who’s running in the GOP primary for the open seat in Florida’s 1st Congressional District, announced Monday he’s giving away a “Homeland Defender” AR-15 rifle on July 4.

But Monday night, Facebook pulled a post about the contest because it was “promoting graphic violence.”

The Evers campaign says someone in California reported the post.

Campaign spokesman Brian Burgess stated that they had anticipated somebody would object and that all contest entries have been saved.

Anyone in Evers’ district can still enter by liking Evers’ Facebook page or by liking and sharing one of Evers’ posts.

Burgess said the original post had more than 1,100 likes and nearly 900 shares.

Reprinted with permission of The Associated Press

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