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DiPietro hosting fundraiser Saturday with guns as door prizes

ALBANY – A Buffalo-area assemblyman is planning a fundraiser this weekend with contributors eligible to walk away with a dozen or so weapons being given away as door prizes.

Assemblyman David DiPietro, R-East Aurora, is holding the event Saturday afternoon at the North Java Fire Hall in Wyoming County. Rifles, shotguns and other weapons will be given away as door prizes. Also featured is a chicken barbecue.

DiPietro has been a sharp critic of the state’s SAFE Act gun control law, passed last year, which cracked down on the sale of certain weapons and, though delayed, was supposed to have a system to track all ammunition sales in the state.

DiPietro, said the guns are donated, and that attendees are constituents who “appreciate my work on behalf of our Second Amendment.”

“I know this fundraiser raises a few Upper East Side eyebrows, but I represent rural Western New York. Here, we don’t mince around in tuxedos. We hunt and fish so why not? We didn’t know when we came up with the idea but this turns out to be a really fun event,” the lawmaker added.

The entry fee of $25 allows donors to put their name into a hat for the door prizes. They also have the option of accepting cash instead of the weapon if they win. DiPietro is calling the affair, his second annual one, the 2nd Amendment and Sportsman Door Prize Extravaganza.

The event last year attracted an array of sportsmen and critics of the SAFE Act, a law controversial enough that lawn signs protesting its passage remain posted across the state more than a year later.