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Colorado politician offers gun giveaway

Posted: 9:32 AM, Mar 30, 2016
Updated: 2016-03-30 15:23:12-04

Republican candidate Tom Lucero, who is running for CO House District 51, needs signatures to get on the primary ballot.

however, his latest campaigning efforts on social media have raised some concern among voters. 

A March 25 post on his Facebook page encouraged voters to sign the petition and be registered to win a gun.

Suzzane Staiert, with the Colorado Secretary of State, says the Facebook post implies offering a gain in return for a signature, which contradicts election codes.

Lucero says he assumed that voters knew signing his petition, and entering to win a gun, were not related to each other.  He says he made a clarification in a newer post, inviting anyone that supports the Second Amendment to enter to win a 9mm Glock.

“People are under no obligation to do anything on behalf of the campaign in order to win the gun,” Lucero said.

Lucero says encouraging voters to enter to win guns on campaign websites has been a Colorado republican tradition. Tim Neville, who is running for Senate, is also encouraging people to enter to win a gun on his campaign website.

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