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Jerry Brown, first lady win shotgun and propane in raffle

Gov. Jerry Brown poses in the cab of a John Deere tractor with first lady Anne Gust Brown holding their dog Sutter Brown at the Colusa Farm Show on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013 in Colusa, Calif.
Gov. Jerry Brown poses in the cab of a John Deere tractor with first lady Anne Gust Brown holding their dog Sutter Brown at the Colusa Farm Show on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013 in Colusa, Calif. The Sacramento Bee/David Siders

Gov. Jerry Brown and his wife went to a charity dinner in Colusa County over the weekend and left with a new shotgun and several canisters of propane, Brown’s office said.

The Democratic governor and first lady Anne Gust Brown, who maintain a rustic cabin on family land west of Williams, won the items in a raffle at a Williams Volunteer Firefighters Association dinner on Saturday.

Their prize winnings, first reported by the Colusa County Sun-Herald, consisted of a 12-gauge shotgun and propane. The Browns donated $1,000 for a table and raffle tickets.

According to an advertisement for the event, the steak and scampi dinner featured games and raffles, including an “early bird gun drawing.”

The gun is not Brown’s first. The fourth-term governor has spoken in previous years about owning guns, and he posed decades ago for a photograph on a Colusa County ranch with dead geese and a shotgun in his hands. Since taking office in 2011, Brown has posted a mixed record on gun control measures.

The Browns plan to build a home on the site where their cabin now stands, and they have spent an increasing amount of time in the area.

Williams Fire Chief Jeffrey Gilbert described the Browns at dinner as “laid back.”

“When they come up here, they’re just very human,” he said.

Asked about the governor’s winnings, Gilbert said he assumed Gust Brown was the winner.

“She seemed to be the one that claimed all the prizes,” he said.

David Siders: 916-321-1215, @davidsiders

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