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Amid controversy, Tennessee Representative defends AR-15 giveaway

Tennessee state Rep. Andy Holt, R-76th District. (Andy Holt)

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**WARNING: The video attached to this story contains graphic language**

UPDATE: Rep. Andy Holt said he and an employee received threats at the Capitol after his comments about an AR-15 on Monday.

Holt wrote on his Facebook page, "Dear media, You want to know if I'm still giving away an AR-15? You bet the farm I am. And to those that have a problem with it, #MolonLabe (Greek for 'come and take [them]')! How about asking liberals when they plan on banning gun free zones?"

The giveaway is part of a campaign event.

Holt said he received calls from a Memphis number who threatened him and an employee several times. *WARNING: Video contains offensive language*

Holt said in a news release that the unidentified caller threatened to "kick his a**" and that he would be coming to Nashville on Tuesday to"pay him a visit."

Meanwhile, TNDP Chair Mary Mancini is blasting Holt for giving away two AR-15 assault rifles at a campaign event.

"Our hearts are with everyone in Orlando and across the world as we grieve the most-deadly mass shooting in our country's history. The people who lost their lives were travel agents and doctors, teachers and students. They were brothers, sisters, sons and daughters. There were people enjoying a night out with friends and loved ones.
That said, we're furious that in the wake of this tragedy, state Rep. Andy Holt is being such a reckless and irresponsible gun owner. Responsible gun owners don't give away guns without background checks. Responsible gun owners make sure that guns are safely and securely stored to prevent access by children or irresponsible adults. Responsible gun owners don't put guns in the hands of strangers. Andy Holt doesn't know if he's putting the winning raffle ticket in the hands of the next mass shooter.
We're also furious that when 18% of all hate crimes are committed against the LGBTQ+ community, Andy Holt continues to fan the flames of hatred towards that community by making jokes that demean them and statements that blatantly define them as different, wrong, and scary.
Love will triumph over hate, it always does. But in the meantime, Andy Holt, please, just stop."


Holt defended his move on Facebook:

FOX 17 Reporter Sky Arnold spoke to Holt and will have more on this story tonight at 9.

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UPDATE: The Tennessee Democratic Party Chair Mary Mancini is blasting Republican Rep. Andy Holt for giving away two AR-15 assault rifles at a campaign event.

The giveaway is part of Holt's "1st Annual Holt's Hog-Fest & Turkey Shoot Fundraiser," which will be held June 25 at Holt's family farm. The AR-15 will be the door prize and attendees will have a chance to meet candidates running for Congress in the 8th District, and participate in a turkey shoot that will have three divisions: Men, women and youth. As for the women's division, Holt writes on his website, "The Women's division is open to all biological females ages 18 and over. Sorry fellers, 'identifying' as a female won't get you into this contest; Obama has no control over this event."

Meanwhile, Mancini is calling Holt and "reckless and irresponsible gun owner." here's the full response:

"Our hearts are with everyone in Orlando and across the world as we grieve the most-deadly mass shooting in our country's history. The people who lost their lives were travel agents and doctors, teachers and students. They were brothers, sisters, sons and daughters. There were people enjoying a night out with friends and loved ones.
That said, we're furious that in the wake of this tragedy, state Rep. Andy Holt is being such a reckless and irresponsible gun owner. Responsible gun owners don't give away guns without background checks. Responsible gun owners make sure that guns are safely and securely stored to prevent access by children or irresponsible adults. Responsible gun owners don't put guns in the hands of strangers. Andy Holt doesn't know if he's putting the winning raffle ticket in the hands of the next mass shooter.
We're also furious that when 18% of all hate crimes are committed against the LGBTQ+ community, Andy Holt continues to fan the flames of hatred towards that community by making jokes that demean them and statements that blatantly define them as different, wrong, and scary.
Love will triumph over hate, it always does. But in the meantime, Andy Holt, please, just stop."

FOX 17 Reporter Sky Arnold spoke to Holt and will have more on this story tonight at 9.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) - A Tennessee state representative is doubling down on his intent to give away an AR-15 rifle during a fundraiser.

Rep. Andy Holt, R-76th District (Weakley), wrote in a Facebook post on Monday, "Dear media, You want to know if I'm still giving away an AR-15? You bet the farm I am. And to those that have a problem with it, #MolonLabe (Greek for 'come and take [them]')! How about asking liberals when they plan on banning gun free zones?"

The giveaway is part of Holt's "1st Annual Holt's Hog-Fest & Turkey Shoot Fundraiser," which will be held June 25 at Holt's family farm. The AR-15 will be the door prize and attendees will have a chance to meet candidates running for Congress in the 8th District, and participate in a turkey shoot that will have three divisions: Men, women and youth. As for the women's division, Holt writes on his website, "The Women's division is open to all biological females ages 18 and over. Sorry fellers, 'identifying' as a female won't get you into this contest; Obama has no control over this event."

The event was posted on Holt's website on Friday. In the wake of Sunday's mass shooting in Orlando, in which the gunman used an AR-15 to commit the deadliest mass shooting in American history, Holt took to Facebook to share his intentions to continue the giveaway and why he is "furious" with government leaders blaming the Second Amendment.

"I'm furious over the fact that reckless 'leaders' like Congressman Steve Cohen (D-Memphis) rush to blame the 2nd Amendment rather than radical Islam. I'm furious over the fact that so many are too ignorant to understand that the Twin Towers were not brought down by a firearm, but we're instead brought down by radical Islam," Holt writes on his Facebook page. "I'm furious that I get phone calls from the media asking me if I'm still going to give away an AR-15 at our HogFest, rather than asking me how many extra firearms I'll be handing out to ensure people can protect themselves."

Holt added, "While I am a conservative Christian, my heart literally breaks for these women and men on so many levels. I'm furious that these same liberal democrats rushing to condemn conservative Christians that may disagree with a lifestyle, simultaneously rush to defend a religion that readily hangs and massacres gays and lesbians. Ever been to a country where Muslims are the majority? If you have, you'll find gay men hanging in the streets. This is disgusting in so many ways."

Holt is not the first legislator to gain attention associated with a semi-automatic rifle. Tennessee state Rep. Mike Stewart, D-52nd District, brought a .223-caliber semi-automatic rifle to a subcommittee meeting in March in hopes of making background checks for private gun sales law. Stewart purchased the weapon online and recorded the transaction to show how easy it was to obtain a weapon online. The bill did not make it through subcommittee.


Holt's fundraiser asks for donations to be made out to his campaign, "Andy Holt for State Representative."

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