California Candidate to Give Away Handguns in Campaign Fundraiser

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Congressional candidate Johnny Tacherra is seen in a photo from his campaign's official website.

With the debate on gun control and public safety taking center stage following the shooting rampage in San Bernardino, one California Republican congressional hopeful is not only supporting gun owner rights, he is giving handguns away to donors.

Johnny Tacherra, running against Democratic Rep. Jim Costa in the Central Valley, is holding a fundraiser billed as a “2nd Amendment BBQ” at Full Spectrum Firearms in Fresno next weekend.

Donors who give $2,700 to Tacherra’s campaign will get either a 9 mm or a .40 Smith & Wesson M&P Shield handgun.

The fundraiser was planned before the deadly shooting that left 14 dead, but Tacherra’s strategist Carl Fogliani said the campaign has no qualms about holding the event after the attack, which the FBI is investigating as an act of terrorism.

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