Glock 17, Free to Good Home.
Responsible owners wanted.
Should be able to provide proper housing. Previous gun ownership preferable, but not required.
A movie theater might give out free passes to a new film. Pet stores might adopt out a free cat with the purchase of cat food and a litter box.
When you're the Delray Shooting Center, you give away a weapon.
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Michael Caruso Jr. is the manager at the Delray Shooting Center in Delray Beach. He's pretty nonchalant about the giveaway.
"Some businesses give away free lunch. We give away guns. It's a promotion. I understand some people might see the promotion come up in their Facebook page and get pissed, but they just really don't understand."
Caruso explains that the giveaway started November 11 and will end January 16. To enter, you simply visit the a href="https://www.facebook.com/Delraysc?fref=ts">Delray Shooting Center's Facebook page, click on the Glock Handgun Giveaway link, enter your name and email address, and click the icon that says "Bang!!" (We flinched a little.)
On the shooting center's Facebook page, you'll find plenty of the usual comments that range from conservative to uber-conservative to libertarian, with the usual puns like "Obummer" and "libtards." Caruso, as one might assume, seems to lean a bit right, but even to a "libtard" member of the "lamestream" media, he also seems like a regular, down-to-earth guy.
"I understand why people react the way they do. They see this stuff like Sandy Hook on the news and they want something done now to fix it. I don't understand what banning firearms from people who have no ill intention and who just want a gun for protection is going to do. In a perfect world, there's no guns, everybody's safe, and it's utopia, but this is the world we live in."
He said it was unfortunate that the giveaway just happened to overlap with the gruesome shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary. Of course, he doesn't think banning firearms is the answer. For Caruso it comes down to personal responsibility, proper enforcement of the regulations that already exist, and -- maybe -- some fine-tuning of those regulations.
"We need to be looking at the people and enforce the laws that are on the books. I don't think someone who's mentally ill should have a gun, but because of HIPAA laws, we're not allowed to look into their mental health background. A person could have been committed multiple times, but that doesn't come up when I run a background check. [Nancy Lanza] had a child that had such severe mental problems she was looking into having him committed. Why was he able to get to her guns? But that kid could have just as easily driven his Expedition into a crowd full of children waiting for their bus."
The Glock giveaway winner will be chosen at random on January 16. If you already have a concealed-weapon permit and you pass the mandatory background check, you can take your new Glock home that day. If you do not, there is still the background check, and you'll have to wait five days.
Caruso notes that, predictably, there has been a spike in business post-Sandy Hook -- a combination of more people interested in protecting themselves and gun enthusiasts worried about protecting their guns. As to all the extreme rhetoric on both sides and calls for blanket gun bans -- "At least you need to open your eyes and see the other side of the story," he says. Which is probably good advice no matter what side of the issue you are on.
The Delray Shooting Center is located at 1505 Poinsettia Drive in Delray Beach. Call 561-265-0700, email [email protected], or visit shootingcenters.com.