WEST GREENWICH, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island Republicans say publicity about a gun raffle helped boost a party fundraiser.

The GOP said the Sunday fundraiser brought in more than $12,000.

State Rep. Michael W. Chippendale of Foster came to event called the “Second Amendment Celebration” and fired at the range with his 13-year-old son. He said he sold 250 tickets in one day, helped by publicity.

Sunday’s fundraiser drew publicity because one of the guns raffled was an AR-15-style assault-style rifle like used in the Newtown, Conn., elementary school massacre.

Michael Napolitano, the party’s spokesman, said in hindsight Republicans might have been better off choosing a different gun. He saw no problem raffling off guns.

Winners won polo shirts, gift baskets, restaurant and pro-shop gift certificates, Patriots tickets, ammunition and three guns.

The winners of the guns must pass required background checks.

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