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  • 16 November 2010, 9:11

Free AK-47 with every truck

Nations Trucks website /Ext

A car dealership in Florida has launched an unusual promotion - a free AK-47 rifle with every truck purchased.

Nations Trucks, in Sanford, promises to pay for a Soviet-style assault rifle for anyone who buys one of its used trucks.

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, reports the Daily Telegraph.

Mr Ginetta said the firm did not hand out guns itself but gave customers a $400 (250) voucher which could be redeemed for a rifle at a local firearms shop.

"I don't think it sends the wrong message," said Mr Ginetta, who insisted the dealership was merely allowing customers to assert their rights under the Second Amendment of the Constitution.

"You don't need to buy a truck to go and buy an AK-47," he told local television. "You have the right to do that as long as you meet all state and federal laws. So it's just a promotion."

Mr 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.

He later said that business was so brisk that he was unable to field more media enquiries about the promotion.

"There is a long line of people just waiting to buy trucks," Mr Ginetta said. "My buyer is absolutely a gun owner, no question."