Money raised from the drawing, which will be held on Election Day, will go to the group's political victory fund and, according to the group's website, will be used to make independent expenditures against "anti-gunners" such as gubernatorial candidate Roy Cooper and U.S. Senate candidate Deborah Ross, both of whom are Democrats.
Grass Roots NC is a frequent presence at the General Assembly, calling for fewer restrictions on the ability to purchase and carry firearms.
"No reasonable person with a basic understanding of the English language could possible construe any sort of threat or encouragement from that basic message," Valone said Thursday.
Meanwhile, Peter Ambler, executive director of Americans for Responsible Solutions PAC, which was formed by former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, said the raffle is ill-conceived.
"This dangerous stunt just further degrades the debate on gun safety that our country needs," Ambler said in an email. "North Carolina voters and law-abiding gun owners everywhere deserve a lot better."
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