(CNN) - The Pima County Republican Party, located in Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' Arizona congressional district, is raffling off a handgun to raise money nearly eight months after a mass shooting left the congresswoman gravely wounded.
The chairman of the county's Democratic party, Jeff Rogers, said the move is upsetting to a community that's still grieving.
"This is something that pulls a scab off of a wound," Rogers said.
The gun, a Glock, is the same make that Jared Lee Loughner was charged with using to shoot Giffords in the head and kill six others at a meet-and-greet in Tucson earlier this year.
And while local Democrats generally support gun ownership rights, Rogers said this isn't about the Second Amendment–it's about being insensitive.
"They could have changed the prize to an iPad or a set of golf clubs or anything that doesn't conjure up images of that day," Rogers said.
In its Aug. 26 newsletter, the Pima County Republican Party advertised the gun, saying "Help Pima GOP get out the vote and maybe help yourself to a new Glock .45."
One raffle ticket costs $10, and the group hopes to sell 125 tickets. The winner will also receive three 12-round magazines, adjustable grips and a case.
"That's right. For just $10 this gun could be yours," the newsletter said, with a large photo of the gun displayed beneath the text.
In an interview on CNN's "American Newsroom," Pima County GOP Chairman Mike Shaw defended the raffle, saying it's a tradition the group has had for years.
"The person who won the raffle last time hasn't picked it up yet," Shaw said. "So we decided to raffle it again."
When pressed on whether the group was worried the raffle might be insensitive, Shaw pointed to a 2008 article in the Arizona Capitol Times, where Giffords weighed in on the Supreme Court hearing that eventually lifted the gun ban in Washington, D.C. Giffords spokesperson at the time, C.J. Karamargin, told the paper that Giffords, herself, owned a Glock and regarded gun ownership as a constitutional right.
Giffords' office declined a request for comment.
Handgun and rifle raffles are not rare for political fundraisers, and they've been known to bring in thousands of dollars at a time. Republican Parties in Illinois, Maryland and Oregon have used the practice.
Loughner has remained incarcerated at a federal prison in Missouri since May, while federal authorities ask for more time to restore Loughner's mental capacity to withstand trial.
- CNN's Bill Mears contributed to this report.