Republican state legislative candidate asks for guns to be donated to campaign

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Almost every political candidates asks for money.  Nearly as many ask for volunteers.  Or a location for a yard sign.  Maybe even an in-kind donation of office supplies or stamps.

But guns? Would a political candidate really ask you to donate a gun to their campaign?

Pinellas state legislative candidate Jim Dobyns is doing just that.  Don’t just give your time and money, but your shotgun as well.

Dobyns is a long-shot Republican candidate running for a state legislative seat which doesn’t exist after redistricting, but that hasn’t stopped him from creating a pretty decent campaign website. On the website, there is a page where you can “Donate Stuff” to the campaign.

On the list of requested items are such things as office supplies, postage stamps and cell phones.  Other suggested donations include coin collections, junk cars and walking canes.  The campaign says it will “turn your donated items into cash for campaign expenses — or use them directly.”

Another one of the items Dobyns suggests you donate are guns.  That’s right, in Florida, home of the “Stand Your Ground” law, a political candidate wants you to donate your nine millimeter and thirty ought six to his campaign.

Is Jim Dobyns running a campaign and a pawn store?

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.