New York: 'Buy a truck, get a free
AK-47' -- that's an unusual promotion launched by a used auto
dealership in the US.
Nations Trucks in Florida has introduced the scheme
of a complimentary Soviet-style AK-47 assualt rifle with every
purchase to help it through the sluggish US economic recovery,
'The Daily Telegraph' online reported.
The dealership has more than doubled sales since the
offer was announced last week, according to Nick Ginetta, the
general sales manager.
A poster in Nations' office window proclaims "FREE
AK-47" above a large illustration of the gun, which is by far
the biggest-selling assault rifle of all time.
Ginetta said rather than handing out the guns itself,
the firm has been giving truck buyers a US dollars 400 voucher
which could be redeemed for an assault AK-47 rifle at a nearby
"I don't think it sends the wrong message,"
said Ginetta, who insisted the dealership was merely allowing
customers to assert their rights under the Second Amendment of
"You don't need to buy a truck to go and buy an AK-47.
You have the right to do that as long as you meet all state
and federal laws. So it's just a promotion," he was quoted as
telling a local television.
Ginetta claimed that under the scheme, which runs
until the end of November, all customers would be subjected to
background checks before being able to obtain a firearm.
First Published: Tuesday, November 16, 2010, 13:12