Next weekend, Republican congressional candidate Johnny Tacherra will hold a “2nd Amendment BBQ” and fundraiser at which donors giving $2,700 or more will receive a Smith & Wesson M&P Shield pistol.
Smith & Wesson’s Shield series of handguns are compact guns made for concealed carry. Donors who receive them will either receive a Shield chambered in 40 caliber, or one chambered in 9 mm.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Tacherra is running in California’s 16th congressional district against incumbent Rep. Jim Costa (D-Central Valley).
Asked whether the December 2 San Bernardino attack might delay the BBQ or lead to its cancellation altogether, a strategist for Tacherra–Carl Fogliani–indicated “the campaign has no qualms about holding the event after the attack.”
Fogliani said, “Some people on the left want this to be about guns. I think there are other aspects: trying to focus on the refugee and visa issue and on security.”
Techarra has been trying to bring the threats posed by immigration from Middle Eastern countries into clear focus throughout the campaign. He “is calling for a blanket ban on immigrants coming into the U.S. from the Middle East” for the foreseeable future.
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