Oklahoma Little League Team Raises Money By Raffling Assault Rifle
April 28, 2014 by UPI - United Press International, Inc.
ELK CITY, Okla., April 28 (UPI) — The way a Little League team in Oklahoma is raising money for equipment and travel hasnâ€™t been a hit with many members of the local community.
The Elk City Outlaws have come under fire for raffling off an AR-15 rifle, but their coach had no problem defending the idea.
â€śThis is western Oklahoma. Thereâ€™s a lot of people that carry guns out here and are proud of their guns,â€ť coach Denny Geno told KFOR. â€śIf you raise your kid the right way and they understand the safety then I donâ€™t think there is a problem with it.â€ť
According to Geno, the raffle winner will have to pass a background check before receiving the gun. He also said other local groups have raffled firearms in the past.
â€śI can see where those parents have concerns especially if they werenâ€™t brought up around here,â€ť said parent Andy Shelton. â€śFor some people guns are just not their thing, but for people out here itâ€™s a popular sport, hobby and activity that a lot of families enjoy.â€ť
Other parents also didnâ€™t have a problem with the rifle raffle.
â€śI ended up getting my son a little bitty 22 when he was four years old,â€ť Christy Ham said. â€śWe enjoy guns and teach our kids safety.â€ť