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Maryland GOP Candidate Raffles Off AR-15 Assault Weapon

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    Maryland GOP Candidate Raffles Off AR-15 Assault Weapon
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    SPRINGVILLE, UT - JUNE 17: AR-15 semi-automatic guns are on display for sale at Action Target on June 17, 2016 in Springville, Utah. Semi-automatics are in the news again after the nightclub shooting in Orlando F;lord last week. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)

    A Republican running for a Maryland legislative seat raffled off an AR-15 assault weapon at a Saturday night fundraiser, only days after the same type of weapon was used to kill 17 people at a Florida high school. 

    About 15 people held a peaceful vigil outside, reading off the names of the 17 victims, as well as others killed in mass shootings, before the fundraiser for sheriff's deputy Aaron Penman, The Baltimore Sun reports. 

    The Facebook posting for Penman's event said gun winners would have to complete background checks. 

    Democrat Allison Berkowitz, also running to represent House District 7, took a turn sharing the stories of shooting victims over a megaphone. She said "we just want things to be safer for all of our children.''