MO Senate Candidate giving away machine for rifles makes stop in Cape Girardeau

Written by James Long |



A Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Missouri is giving away a machine that can make rifles.

Former Libertarian presidential candidate Austin Petersen on Tuesday sent an email to supporters advertising the giveaway. He says the milling machine can build "untraceable" AR-15 rifles.

Petersen was in Cape Girardeau on July 25 and mentioned that he will be giving a Ghost Gunner 2.

The former libertarian presidential candidate says the milling machine can build "untraceable" AR-15 rifles out of aluminum.

Petersen believes the prize is symbolic of why he is different then his other primary opponents who he says are in favor of gun control.

"It doesn't make any sense why a red state like Missouri to put up a gun control style republican against a gun control style Democrat," Petersen said. "The Democrat is going to win that fight every single time. I'm the most pro-second amendment candidate in the country and and this (ghost gunner machine) is really just a way for me to explain to the citizens of Missouri that I will not compromise on their second amendment rights. I will stand firm now and next year when I am there next U.S. Senator."

Petersen wrote that the prize "may trigger a few more liberals and mainstream media" than other giveaways he's done. Facebook last year temporarily blocked Petersen's personal account after he raffled an AR-15 rifle.

Petersen is vying for the Republican nomination to run for Democratic incumbent Sen. Claire McCaskill's seat. He's not expected to win the Aug. 7 primary.

Frontrunner Attorney General Josh Hawley previously was elected to a statewide office and has considerably more funding. Hawley also is backed by President Donald Trump.



This article was published on July 25, 2018 on KFVS 12 and was written by James Long