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Pastor's Giveaway Item Leaves Members Questioning His Beliefs

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A church in Troy, New York is taking the Second Amendment to a whole new level. A pastor is giving away an AR-15 to a member in his congregation during an upcoming raffle in support of gun owners, but some are questioning his beliefs.

It's a giveaway unlike any other at a church one being sponsored by the Oakwood Trading post.

Pastor John Koletas of Grace Baptist Church says he wants to support the right to bear arms.

"We believe legal gun owners, hunters have been attacked viciously by politicians and the media," said Koletas.

But other pastors in the area like Charlie Muller who focus on getting illegal guns off the streets say this is the wrong way to draw attention to a church.

"He does not represent Christianity he does not. I don't know what would motivate someone to do that especially a pastor," said Muller.

"My question to them is why do they have locks on their doors." said Koletas.

Koletas says the AR-15 they are giving away on March 23 is one that is legally modified by the state of New York, and to give a legal gun away is not a crime.

"We have the Biblical god given right to attack those who would attack us," said Koletas.

To actually walk away with a rifle, the pastor says the winner of this raffle will actually have to go to this store that's sponsoring the giveaway and pass a federal background check.

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