The National Rifle Association Foundation will not present an assault weapon to Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin at an upcoming banquet despite media reports about the event, including one from its own magazine.
"The event is not happening," NRA spokesman Andrew Arulanandam said. "Sarah Palin will not be attending. She was invited, but declined due to a family commitment. This happened weeks ago."
Several newspapers picked up a story published in the May issue of the NRA's American Rifleman magazine that said the governor would be given a custom AR-15 at the foundation's May 16 banquet.
The rifle, specially chambered for a .50 Beowulf cartridge, was made by Templar Consulting gunmaker Bob Reynolds and features a Big Dipper, an outline of the state of Alaska, a moose and an NRA logo as well as an inscription, "In Honor of Governor Sarah Palin."
The NRA could not confirm whether Mr. Reynolds still had plans to ship the all-white "Alaska Hunter" weapon to the governor. He would only say "no presentation will be made."
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