Buy a car, get a gun: Dealership's promotion creates backlash

CLOQUET, MN -- Buy a car, get a gun -- it's part of a wild and controversial promotion by a car dealership in Minnesota.

For the entire month of May, Al's Dealership is offering a free handgun or lawn mower to customers who spend close to $5,000 or more on a new vehicle.

Al Birman, the owner of the dealership, is a big supporter of Second Amendment rights and says since his promotion began, he's been flooded with calls -- some supportive, others expressing outrage.

"Criminals typically don't run to a dealership to buy a car, to get a free gun, to hold up a bank," he said.  ""The negativity that came was people calling the dealership and not being nice to operators or are employees."

"Some people like it and are interested in it. It wouldn't be for me. I wouldn't care for it," said Edwin Janzen, a customer.

"It's not guns that kill people, it's people who kill people because they just can't go off by themselves," said Tammi Richards, a customer.

Birman claims the gun shop taking part in the promotion will do thorough background checks on anyone who opts to get the free gun.
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