Firearm raffle aimed at voters now opened to all

The owner of a gun store in Cobb County offering voters a chance to win a free firearm has been visited by investigators with Secretary of State Brian Kemp’s office, and has agreed to open his raffle to all comers.

The offer is made on a billboard that still can be seen on southbound I-75.

News of the agreement comes from state Sen. Vincent Fort, D-Atlanta, who lodged a complaint with Kemp, alleging that the offer violated a state prohibition of gifts in exchange for votes.

Kemp declared Fort to be “absolutely right” in a letter that can be found here. Further, Kemp enclosed a letter that he has sent to Jay Wallace, owner of Adventure Outdoors in Smyrna, documenting the session with investigators. Read it here, but in part:

In our conversation on the matter this morning, you clarified that it was not your intention to restrict the opportunity to enter the drawing only to people who voted, and that anyone who requested to enter the drawing for the free firearm would be allowed to enter, regardless of whether they voted. You also stated that you would post a sign in your store that would inform patrons of the fact that you were not offering a chance to win a free firearm only to people who voted or in exchange for voting.

Consider this case closed.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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9 comments Add your comment

NO COLLINS, NO DEAL, No more Hall mafia

October 24th, 2012
5:54 pm

This is stupid. They should be able to give a firearm away. They are not telling people how to vote, just TO VOTE.
How is giving a sticker, food or a ride any different?

Obama is dishonest

October 24th, 2012
6:04 pm

How is this story more important than the Donald Trump offer (& the fact that Obama will not provide the requested info prior to the election)??

How about an article which questions why in the world would Obama NOT provide the info for $5M in cold hard cash!!!!!!

How about an article detailing the fact that the polls are significantly weighted in favor of the Democrats??

How about an article outlining the numersous lawsuits exposing Democrats for voter fraud efforts around the country?

Please delete this useless post and keep useful articles on the front page! Thanks.

mehlman rings twice

October 24th, 2012
6:22 pm

Now wait just a minute. All this time I thought Obama was going to collect everyone’s gun.

Road Scholar

October 24th, 2012
6:31 pm

Oid: 1. Because this is a local story, you twit., 2. Because he is the President., 3. Please provide specifics!, 4. The lawsuits are AGAINST Repub efforts to block LEGAL voters. How about the repub attempt to intimidate voters in Florida? Ohio?

Next time, know something about what you hear on Fox News!

Armed Liberal

October 24th, 2012
10:33 pm

I get the Adventure Outdoors marketing flyers and newsletter– very partisan, no doubt presuming that all gun owners are Teapublicans who would have liars like Romney and Ryan forcing their daughters and sisters and wives to have babies from rape. That is the official position of the GOP, and clearly Romney/Ryan are opposed to individual freedom. They can’t keep their opinions and cult and evangelical ideas out of the laws that protect women. Another reason I have guns–to protect women, and voting GOP wacko doesn’t do that.

It’s funny this whole NRA fund raising meme that Democrats want to take away guns, yet Reagan was the Governor who first banned handgun carry with the California Milford act, 1967. Bush Senior was the only Texan Congressman to vote for the Gun Control Act of 1968, and the GOP controlled House and Senate under Newt and Dole pushed through the “assault rifle ban,” which really didn’t do much, during Clinton’s first term.

Romney did ban AK-47s and “assault rifles” as a Massachusett’s liberal governor. They detest Mitt’s failed governorship so much that President Obama has a 30 point lead in the polls there. And for that matter, even the Mormon-land Salt Lake CIty Tribune endorsed Obama, saying “too mAny Mitts” when referring to the liar.

President Obama signed legislation to allow me to carry my guns in federal parks and on Amtrak–how is that taking away gun rights, you GOP ignorant? Me and my guns are with President OBama, he’s not a fraud and liar like draft-dodger Mitt who fled to the beaches of France to escape the Vietnam draft.

GOP Teapublicans, what frauds. Soon the GOP-owners of Freedom Group, Inc. will have a complete monopoly on US firearm manufacture. Why doesn’t the GOP or NRA talk about that–look at all the gun companies this Bain-Style private equity group has taken over! There go your guns.

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

October 25th, 2012
12:28 am

America was founded by Armed Liberals in Covenant with the Creator: Roman Babylon and its “force the raped to bear” Fascism out of America, NOW!


October 25th, 2012
11:51 am

This sounds like old days, give a bottle of whiskey , take to polls, tell how to vote like Koch Bros, GA Pacific. Vote how you want , no one sees your private vote, white lie ok to keep your job. Many Republican operatives employees have been found guilty of destroying democrats applications to register to vote, registering phony Repub., several counties in Florida, different letters to voters, phone calls to tell voters they can vote by phone, billboards. FBI/FDLE are investigating letters and other. In my opinion , employees were trained to do this, they should report how they were trained fast to FBI/DOJ[be their witness] because employees are ones going to jail.. If you know of any form of voting issues including intimidation or otherwise, record, save evidence, write down phone # from caller ID,etc., If in person, ask for driver’s license, write down license #, state, name , address, write down facts, have them sign, if in voting place take to election official. You can register a compliant, comment, send e-mail message to or call 202-514-6255 or
toll-free 877-218-5228 immediately. You can also call telephone hot line
1-866-our-vote, they collect tips on alleged voter intimidation. Do it immediately. Do you know who Vote USA is? They are encouraging people to vote by phone in many states, Authorities are looking for them but they
disconnected their phone, that is why you have to call and report quick..
Whatch Republican True to vote, other Republican groups will be at voting places to suppress latinos/others, Take their pictures, record them. take them to county election poll worker, ask to see their drivers license , write down their driver’s license number , name ,address , details of incident, have person harrassing you sign and election poll worker. Maybe You can turn it over to lawyers for a civil lawsuit since they are trying to suppress/stop your vote and slow down lines. Write down above numbers , call right away if you notice it happening in your voting place.


October 25th, 2012
6:33 pm

The only problem Fort had with this is voting a straight democratic ticket wasn’t required. He would have personally driven voters to the store if that had been the case. Fort is a poster boy for everything wrong with this country. He is a pompous, elitist, racist ass, who is so in love with power, he will happily enslave any and everyone to be a member of the ruling class. What a hypocrite this power mad fool is. He’s in this for Vincent and Vincent only. He’s totally in love with the sound of his own voice.


October 25th, 2012
8:10 pm

I would suggest to Senator Fort that he concern himself with the goings on in his district vs what’s going on in Smyrna.