Published Friday afternoon.
If betting on the Preakness ponies and getting sloshed in the Pimlico infield has little appeal, Republican Sen. J.B. Jennings is offering a bang-up alternative Saturday afternoon.
At the Freestate Gun Range in Middle River, for a contribution to Jennings’ campaign you can have your picture taken with National Rifle Association President David Keene and then pick up your weapon of choice for shooting practice.
A $50 ticket includes the “opportunity to shoot 25 rounds from a variety of handguns, including .22, 9mm, .40 and .45 calibers,” says the invitation. Sorry, no photo with the NRA prez.
A $100 ticket gets you the picture plus the chance “to shoot a rare .30 carbine mini anti-aircraft Gatling gun”; $250 gives you a “choice to shoot a Desert Eagle .50 caliber or a Taurus Raging Bull 454 Casull.” And a $500 sponsorship entitles you to the photo and the “opportunity to shoot a selection of fully automatic rifles.”
And there’s lunch before you hit the shooting range.
(The Desert Eagle is one of the most powerful semi-automatics around, as this video shows.)
The gun-toting fundraiser may not stir up as much controversy as the Beretta pistol raffled by the Carroll County Republican Central Committee 12 years ago, including a rebuke from then-Congressman Bob Ehrlich. But it may provide a bit of distraction from the pot stirred this week by the racial remarks on Baltimore City gangs by fellow District 7 lawmaker, Del. Pat McDonough.