(KMOV.com) — A police department’s explorers unit is raffling off an assault style rifle in Alton.
The move raised eyebrows in the community prompting some residents to protest the sale.
“That’s ridiculous. I’m not for it at all,” said resident Jimmy Pridemore. Officers insist that to get the gun, the winner must be a FOID card owner in Illinois and pass a background check.
Pridemore is still on edge about the idea, saying many people will go to great lengths to get a firearm.
“There’s a lot of crazy people out there who are willing to do whatever to get a gun,” he said.
He might be right, but according to Alton police, not in this case.
That’s why the department decided to take the owner of Piasa Armory, Scott Pulaski up on his offer to raffle off a $2,500 Bushmaster ACR.
“We’re hoping to raise $10,000,” said Pulaski.
That money would go to the department’s explorer post, not actual crime fighting initiatives.
The money will help a group of 14 to 21 year olds who are interested in possible careers in law enforcement.
Alton police are selling $10 raffle tickets.
The raffle will be June 1