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Gun shop owner to auction off Bushmaster rifle for charity

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A local gun shop owner is auctioning off one of his guns to help out one of his employees in need.

"Buy a gun, annoy a liberal." That's a T-shirt you can buy at Central Texas Gun Works in Austin. The owner, Michael Cargill is pro-gun but what he is a conservative.

"Hey, I'm a Democrat and I support the second amendment. If someone wants to come in here and buy a gun, annoy a liberal, that's fine. They can do that!" Cargill said.

That's what makes the following even more interesting.

One of his employee's newborns has a serious heart condition. In order to prevent open heart surgery, they'll need around $3,000 for a separate procedure.

"And what we're doing is we're actually raffling off this Bushmaster. Because for one, I want to prove that guns do actually save lives," Cargill said.

In case you've forgotten, a Bushmaster just happens to be one of the same types of firearm used in the Sandy Hook Elementary massacre.

But Cargill says it's a semi-automatic. And he says it's pretty much the same thing as a .45 with slightly different ammo.

"People get this misconception of confusing this and calling this an assault weapon. Where if this is an assault weapon, this .45 is an assault weapon as well," Cargill said.

He says he's not trying to send a message by auctioning off such a controversial firearm. But he says people should realize guns like that are not evil.

"That is correct, in the hands of law abiding citizens, guns save lives," Cargill said.

You might recognize Cargill. He recently ran for constable on the Democratic ticket of course but did not win that contest.

He says anyone who wants to participate in the silent auction that lasts until Sunday can just come in and sign up. The bidding starts at $1,200.

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