The congregation at Grace Baptist Church in Troy, N.Y., doubled in size Sunday as parishioners, locals and visitors from locations as far as New York City assembled to find out who won an AR-15 in the culmination of a controversial firearm raffle.
In addition to announcing the winner, the Rev. John Koletas, the pastor at Grace Baptist Church, made another proclamation that will likely draw additional ire from gun control advocates.
He said that a second AR-15 will be awarded Monday evening.
“It may not sit well with some folks, but with all the media attention, the public pressure and the backlash we received … after consideration I have decide that instead of giving away a pre-modified AR-15 rifle, that we are going to give away two,” Koletas said, according to the Troy Record.
The house of worship made headlines when it first announced earlier this month that the gun drawing was underway.
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Sunday’s winner was Ronald Stafford, 42, whose name was reportedly chosen after other winners weren’t available to claim the prize.
Stafford isn’t a member of the church and, according to the New York Daily News, the avid hunter traveled 25 miles for a chance …read more