“We want to promote freedom, and protecting our rights, protecting our homes, and not taking the constitutional right to bear arms away from the good guys,” Davis told WHSV.
Davis said he hopes the prize will foster conservation about gun rights and the Second Amendment, especially since gun control is an important national topic right now.
“If Americans talk about it, the right thing’s going to be done,” he added. “If we just keep our mouths shut, that’s when we get taken advantage of and get our rights taken away from us.”
One West Virginia resident, Tamara Reives, who used to live in Iraq and is no stranger to owning guns, doesn’t agree with the contest.
“Why would they give a machine gun as a prize?” she asked WHSV. “Why not something else?”
Not to worry about this gun falling into the wrong hands, however. A background check will be conducted before the winner receive the prize, Davis said.
The drawing will be held on July 4.