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Rochester car dealer offers free AR-15 with purchase of a car

ROCHESTER - A car dealership is running a special promotion where everyone who buys a car can get an AR-15 as part of the deal.

UPDATE: Rochester car dealer's free AR-15 promotion criticized amid Orlando massacre

Owner Mike Hagan, of Hagan's Motor Pool Auto Repair and Sales, told Fox25 that several people have taken him up on the deal so far.

“I have given away four AR-15s and one 9mm handgun, which is the other option if you don't want the AR-15,” he said.

Hagan has partnered with a nearby gun store for the promotion.

“They go to the dealer and pass their background check. If they don't pass they don't get the weapon it's that's simple,” he said.

The AR-15 is the most popular gun in America, and similar rifles were used in the Orlando night club shooting and other mass shootings.

Hagan, a combat veteran who served in Afghanistan, said the possibility that the guns could be used to kill civilians doesn’t weigh on his conscience.

“I could worry about the same thing with a car being used to hurt other people. In the end that kind of heinous crime is in the heart,” he said.

The response has been overwhelmingly positive, Hagan said, and he will keep the deal going.

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