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A Florida congressional candidate is giving away an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle for Independence Day

Florida congressional candidate and state Sen. Greg Evers (R) announced that he's giving one lucky firearms fan an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle for Independence Day as part of his "Homeland Defender Giveaway."

The controversial giveaway comes in response to the Orlando nightclub shooting that killed 49 just one week ago. "With all that's happening in the world today, I've never felt stronger about the importance of the second amendment in protecting our homeland than I do now," Evers said in a written statement. The rifle "proudly displays the 2nd amendment on the right side of the receiver," the press release says.

Evers, who has enjoyed an A-plus rating from the NRA for the last 14 years, is running for Florida's 1st Congressional District seat.