August 20, 2019/Press

Will Dan Forest Require Background Checks for Guns Raffled Off at His Upcoming Fundraiser?

RALEIGH – In October, Dan Forest will hold a gun raffle fundraiser in Yadkin County at which attendees are encouraged to draw raffle tickets for a chance to win one of six guns. In the wake of two mass shootings in Dayton and El Paso, elected officials and political candidates on both sides of the aisle have expressed support for specific measures aimed to curb gun violence, including red flag legislation and background checks. Will Dan Forest require background checks for the recipients of the six guns raffled off at his upcoming fundraiser?

On August 7th, Dan Forest himself indicated support for red flag legislation on the Tyler Cralle Show. When asked if he could support a red flag law, Forest said, “Yeah, of course.” Forest later backtracked and released a statement walking this back citing other factors such as the “breakdown of the family” as the root causes of gun violence.

Liz Doherty, spokesperson for the North Carolina Democratic Party, said, “Dan Forest has made a habit of vaguely criticizing existing plans for gun reform, but it’s not clear where he stands on background checks. Will Dan Forest require background checks for the recipients of the guns he’ll be raffling off in October to benefit his campaign?”