Youth sports league raffling AR-15 rifle

Rock River Arms Tactical Operator Two
Rock River Arms Tactical Operator Two, Photo credit

A rural Illinois youth baseball league is raffling off an AR-15 assault rifle in order to secure some sorely needed cash.

Bake sales no longer “make it,” and last year’s raffle of a half-a-hog only netted $10 for the cash-strapped Atwood-Hammond baseball league. Enter a local gun shop to the rescue.

The Atwood Armory agreed to provide something that’s on every red-blooded American guy — and girl’s — short list: a Rock River Arms Tactical Operator Two carbine, according to Fox News.

“My phone has been ringing off the hook,” said Charidy Bucher, co-owner of the gun shop to Fox News. “The response has been tremendous,” adding that the calls started at 4:30 a.m.

“People from out of state have been calling,” she said.

Accompanying the rifle will 260 rounds of ammunition to get the lucky winner started, Fox News Radio’s Todd Starnes reports.

“Ammo is just as hard to get as the firearms these days,” she observed. The gun shop’s Facebook page provides instructions for ordering raffle tickets:

Here is the way to get your tickets! Tickets are just 20 each for the fundraisers and can be purchased at ATWOOD ARMORY or by mailing a check to ATWOOD ARMORY located at 65 E CR 1175 N, Atwood, IL 61913. Once I receive your check, I will mail you your ticket stubs. Be sure to include a note with your name, address, and phone number. If you live out of state, I will gladly ship the firearm to an FFL dealer in your area if you win.

The idea of raffling off a rifle may seem a bit peculiar for a group of little leagues, but kids are taught firearm safety at a young age in central-eastern Illinois.

“That may sound crazy to a lot of people, but the thing is my kids have all been taught exactly how to handle a gun,” said Steven McClain to NBC affiliate WFIE. “They know they’re not a toy,” he added. McClain is the Atwood-Hammond Little League Commissioner.

A similar firearm was recently raffled off and netted over $7,000 for the local cancer foundation.

The drawing is set for June

Read more at Fox News Radio.


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