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Clarksville Town Council candidate raffling gun to fund campaign

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CLARKSVILLE, Ind. (WDRB) -- It promises to be a hot race this fall for seats on the Clarksville Town Council, but running for office costs money.

One council candidate is taking aim at a different way to raise campaign cash.

Retired police officer Marvin Bostock is making his first run for public office.

"I guess I just got a little bored over the last 10 years, and I felt like I had something left to offer the community," he said.

But Bostock says one thing he will not do is ask for donations to fund his campaign.

"We weren't going to owe anyone when we got into office. I was going to be my own man," said Bostock.

So, Bostock is targeting a different approach. He is raffling it off an AR-15 rifle, selling 25 tickets at a $100 a pop.

"It's referred to commonly by the anti-gun crowd as an assault rifle. It is not an assault rifle," he said.

But Bostock does want the rifle raffle to arm his campaign war chest. And it seems to be working.

"They're gone. I have no tickets left."

Bostock says the response has been overwhelmingly positive. In fact, there are no negative comments about the raffle on his campaign Facebook page.

"I believe the majority of Americans believe that guns are their right and that guns are a necessity, unfortunately, in our society," he said.

Once he draws the winner on Friday night, Bostock will return the rifle to Two Brothers gun store, in New Albany for pickup.

"In the state of Indiana a person-to-person gun sale is not regulated, but we're going to go one step above. We're going to turn this gun over to the dealer. We're going to let this dealer run the background check, and then we'll make the transfer at that point," said Bostock.

This is not the first Bostock has done this. An earlier gun raffle netted $2,000 for his campaign.

"Being from the police community, being from the gun community, I knew that guns would be a good opportunity to raise funds, and they have proven to be just that," he said.

The gun raffles have been so successful that Bostock says other candidates have told him they may give it a shot.

Bostock is one of four candidates running for Clarksville Town Council. The other Republican is Paul Fetter. The Democrats are David Fisher and David Ross.

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