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Arizona gun store swipes at gun control with ‘Beto Special’

U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke, D-Texas, greets participants during a roundtable discussion about the issues of gun control and the need for additional mental health measures with survivors of mass shooting victims at an office Friday, Sept. 20, 2019, in downtown Denver. Colorado State Rep. Tom Sullivan, D-Aurora, back, looks on. (David Zalubowski / AP)
U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke, D-Texas, greets participants during a roundtable discussion about the issues of gun control and the need for additional mental health measures with survivors of mass shooting victims at an office Friday, Sept. 20, 2019, in downtown Denver. Colorado State Rep. Tom Sullivan, D-Aurora, back, looks on. (David Zalubowski / AP)
Associated Press

TEMPE, Ariz. – A suburban Phoenix gun store owner says he will continue offering assault-style rifles at a discount in response to presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke’s call to confiscate them.

Matt Boggs told Azfamily.com on Thursday that he sold 200 rifles in a few hours under the “Beto Special.” He is awaiting more inventory at his Tempe store.

Boggs says he felt compelled to act following O’Rourke’s comments during last week’s Democratic presidential debate.

O’Rourke said he would take away anyone’s AR-15 or AK-47 so it could not “be used against your fellow Americans anymore.”

Gerry Hills, president of nonprofit Arizonans for Gun Safety, says business owners like Boggs are putting profits before people’s safety.

She says assault rifles serve no real purpose and are “vanity guns.”

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