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Ortt, gun owners blast bills banning gun raffles

Sportsmen joined State Sen. Robert G. Ortt at a news conference Monday at the Tonawanda Sportsmen's Club in Pendleton to blast Democratic bills that would make gun raffles illegal.

Such raffles frequently are common fundraisers for fire companies and other groups.

A bill by Brooklyn Assemblywoman Jo Anne Simon stalled in committee this year. Ortt said a similar Senate bill has just been introduced by Long Island Democrat James Gaughran.

"It's another attack on my constituents by somebody from downstate," said Ortt, R-North Tonawanda, who is running for the congressional seat held by Rep. Chris Collins, R-Clarence.

He said he will place petitions against the bills at gun raffles, starting Friday in Hamburg.

Ortt said raffle winners have to fill out a federal form and pass a background check, just as they would if they bought the gun at a store.

"Gun owners are being picked on by the state government," said Ed Pettitt, president of Second Amendment For Ever, or SAFE.

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