ELK CITY, Okla. (WRIC) – A youth baseball team fundraiser is drawing harsh criticism for raffling off an AR-15 Delton rifle.
The funds generated from the raffle tickets will be put toward equipment and travel games, but some question whether having a firearm as a prize sends the right message to the young athletes.
Danny Geno, head coach of the Elk City Outlaws, insists the winner of the AR-15 must meet several requirements, including passing a background check, and that most of his players’ parents support the raffle.
“Some people, guns are just not their thing,” said parent Andy Shelton. “But out here, it’s a very popular sport, and it’s a very popular hobby and activity that a lot of families do.”
The raffle tickets, which cost $20 each, state that players must be at least 18 years old and that all ATF rules apply.
Geno also says other local groups have raffled off firearms.
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