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Pantano points pistols for fundraiser


BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) -- Think you're sharp with a gun? Sharp enough to outshoot a Marine perhaps? Republican Ilario Pantano, who is running for congress against Democrat Mike McIntyre is challenging supporters to a shooting contest.

Folks lined up for the chance to take on the former Marine in a shooting match. It's also a fundraiser for his Congressional campaign. Pantano says the reason he chose to raise money this way is simple.

"What I was hoping by having this event here was that we could promote shooting sports in the region it's an activity that folks are very fond of here of course also hunting and fishing," Pantano said.

Folks are anticipating a good time.

"I expect a lot of fun and a lot of excitement!" said Pantano supporter Vince Musilli. "It looks like quite a crowd here but it looks like it will be a great event and hey maybe if the fundraising part of it helps out that would also be great!"

A $25 donation was required to shoot against Pantano who promised if anyone could outshoot him...he would refund that donation.

Fifty-seven shooters contributed about $1,500 to the Pantano camp after paying the $25 donation. Mussilli isn't so sure many can outdo Pantano.

"Were here competitive I mean we are going to be trying but when you get to be my age you get shaky but we are going to give it the best we can," Musilli said.

Pantano says the turnout was phenomenal. The event had at least twice as many people as for a similar rally back during the primaries.

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