Salvador Ramos Rifle Among Prizes in NRA Gun Raffle Day After Shooting

Just one day after the mass shooting in Texas that killed 19 children and two adults at a primary school in Uvalde, the National Rifle Association (NRA) promoted its "Banned Guns Giveaway" raffle, with prizes including a similar model of assault-style rifle to the one reportedly used by the 18-year-old shooter.

The raffle includes "12 world-class guns that Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, Chuck Schumer, and Nancy Pelosi want to ban," the NRA description of the event reads. Every gun prize includes 1,000 rounds of ammo, the NRA advertises. Entering the raffle is "fast, easy and fun," says the NRA. Each ticket costs just $5, and the minimum age requirement to participate is 21 years old.

Among the 12 guns included there's a version of the assault-style rifle used by Salvador Ramos in the Uvalde school shooting on Tuesday.

The Daniel Defense DDM4 V7 PRO, valued at $3,028 by the association, is an enhancement of the same AR-15 style-assault rifle Ramos used in his rampage on Tuesday.

Officials said the teen had bought two rifles, a Smith & Wesson M&P 15 and a Daniel Defense DDM4 V7, right after his 18th birthday last week, as soon as it was legally possible for him to purchase the firearms.

The Daily Dot published a picture of an invoice which was apparently posted by the gunman on Yubo, a social media platform, showing the purchase of a DDM4 V7 for $1,870 from Daniel Defense. The teen had likely ordered it online and picked it up at one of the Daniel Defense stores, media reported.

CNBC writes that when Ramos left his grandparents' house after reportedly shooting his grandmother, he left one rifle behind and took the other one into the school with him.

Daniel Defense Reportedly Drops Out of NRA Convention

The school shooting is certainly having an impact on manufacturer Daniel Defense, which has dropped out of an NRA convention to be held in Houston this weekend, the Daily Beast reported.

The company issued a statement following the tragedy in Uvalde, expressing its condolences to the families of the victims.

​​"We are deeply saddened by the tragic events in Texas this week. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families and community devastated by this evil act. As reported in Governor Abbott's press conference, it is our understanding that the firearm used in the attack was manufactured by Daniel Defense. We will cooperate with all federal, state, and local law enforcement authorities in their investigations. We will keep the families of the victims and the entire Uvalde community in our thoughts and our prayers," reads the statement.

The NRA has also expressed sorrow at the news of the shooting in Uvalde, calling the attack "the act of a lone, deranged criminal," rather than joining a reignited debate on gun control legislation. Newsweek has contacted the NRA for comment.

A History of Violence

The AR-15, originally developed in the 1950s, has become a popular weapon since 2004, when a ban on federal assault weapons expired. The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) reports that the AR-15 rifle accounts for one out of every five firearms purchased in the U.S. today.

The NSSF told ABC News that by October 2021, there were over 20 million AR-15-style rifles legally in circulation across the country.

The weapon is extremely effective: It's self-loading, allowing the shooter to simply pull on the trigger to fire a new round, with the capacity of holding around 30 bullets before needing to be reloaded manually. This feature makes the rifle particularly deadly in a mass shooting.

AR-15-style rifles have been used in at least 10 other recent mass shootings before the one in Uvalde:

  • the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting, the deadliest school shooting in American history, where 26 people, including 20 children, were killed by a gunman before the 20-year-old killed himself;
  • the 2012 shooting in Aurora, Colorado, where 12 people lost their lives;
  • the 2015 San Bernardino attack which killed 14 people;
  • the 2017 Las Vegas shooting that killed 60 people and injured 411 more;
  • the 2018 shooting at Tennessee's Waffle House, where four people were killed;
  • the 2018 school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where 14 children and three adults died;
  • the 2018 shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue, which was designated as a hate crime;
  • the 2019 Midland-Odessa shooting in West Texas, where the gunman used an AR-15 rifle to kill seven people, firing from a vehicle;
  • the 2019 shooting at the San Diego synagogue, where 26 people were killed;
  • the 2021 shooting in Boulder, Colorado, where 10 people lost their lives.
AR-15 rifles
The NRA is offering a version of the AR-15 assault-style rifle used by Salvador Ramos in the Uvalde school shooting in a raffle. In this photo, a clerk hands a customer a California legal, featureless AR-15 style rifle from TPM Arms LLC on display for sale at the company's booth at the Crossroads of the West Gun Show at the Orange County Fairgrounds on June 5, 2021 in Costa Mesa, California. PATRICK T. FALLON/AFP via Getty Images