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Wyoming-based roofing company Wiggins Construction LLC offers customers a free AR-15 rifle with every roof installation purchase.
The red state is home to one of the least restrictive gun laws in the country. You don’t need government approval to buy or transfer a rifle, shotgun, or pistol.
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The promotion, which kicked off April 12, began after Matt Thomas, the company’s director of marketing and customer relations, asked owner Josh Wiggins if he would like to give his customers a free AR-15 instead of a thank you card.
The construction company consulted an attorney to make sure the carriage was compliant with federal law.
Customers must demonstrate that they are at least 21 years old, have not been convicted of criminals, and acknowledge that they will comply with state and federal gun laws.
Wiggins Construction logs the gun serial number and sends a transfer form. The weapon then belongs to the customer.
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Thomas told FOX Business on Sunday that Wiggins Construction has received over 120 offers from customers across the state interested in a roof installation since the promotion.
According to Thomas, the average price for an installation can range from $ 7,000 to $ 25,000 for a house, depending on the size and materials used for the roof installation. The AR-15s run the company for about $ 599 each.
However, the advertising has sparked backlash from some critics as well.
Thomas said Wiggins Construction received calls, including from his insurance company, blowing them up for lack of background checks by federal weapons licensees (FFL), which Thomas says is not required by law. The company was also called “baby killer” and received death threats for carrying out the promotion, but Thomas said those comments were mostly from people outside of the state.
“Guns are part of our culture out here,” said Thomas. “I know it’s hard for people to understand, but most of the threats are just people who don’t live here and make these calls. They’re from the east coast, they’re from the west coast, they’re not from Wyoming. So we’re not really worried anyway. “
Wiggins Construction has informed the relevant authorities about the death threats.
“We have noticed that people say that we do not respect life and that we do not want life to be preserved and for life to be taken. That is completely wrong,” Thomas said on a Facebook Live video. “So if you don’t want a gun on your roof, that’s perfectly fine.”
Customers who do not wish to receive the AR-15 can make a $ 800 donation on their own behalf or on behalf of the company, which will be forwarded to Serenity House in Park County.
“Serenity House is a faith-based program for pregnant women looking for just options and someone to help guide them through their pregnancy,” added Thomas. “Someone who will help them save life and, if they are not ready to be a mother, adoption or foster care and the like.”
Thomas noted that the alternative is to “take a stand against the murder of 3,000 babies by planned parenting” every day.
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Thomas emphasized that the company never intended to attract national attention with the promotion, which is only available to individuals in Wyoming.
“We’re just doing it as a thank you to the Wyoming people,” he said.
Thomas added that “it shouldn’t come as a shock to people across the country that you can actually own a gun.”
“Our governor isn’t shocked by this. Our local police department doesn’t knock on the door and say, hey, why are you doing a gun carriage? It’s legal here,” said Thomas. “If you don’t like what is being done in your state, go out there and vote, change it.”
The campaign runs until the end of the year.