Controversy over Abelove fundraiser rifle raffle continues in Hoosick Falls

July 12, 2018 11:15 PM

A fundraiser for Rensselaer County District Attorney Joel Abelove drew a few demonstrators Thursday evening.

They were there to protest a rifle that was raffled off by the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association.

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The fundraiser was held by the Hoosick and Pittstown Republican Committees at Guiseppe's in Hoosick Falls.

 A flyer posted on Abelove's Facebook account invited people to attend and purchase tickets for a chance to win a Smith and Wesson AR-15.

Supporters said it's a popular modern sporting rifle, but the protestors don't think it's appropriate.

"For the district attorney of my county to be involved in a raffle, whether he promoted it or not I wanted to be here to show that not everybody in Rensselaer County feels that way,” Stephentown resident and protestor Jennifer Porter said.

"You're talking about something that you can take out into the woods and hunt and if it ever came to a situation where you needed to defend your family it would be an appropriate weapon to do so,” Hoosick Falls resident and fundraiser attendee Rick Tinkham said.

Abelove has been an outspoken advocate for the second amendment. Both protestors and supporters at the event said they also support gun rights.


Emily Burkhard

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