Illinois little league auctioning off assault rifle

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by KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on March 13, 2013 at 5:23 PM

Updated Thursday, Mar 14 at 11:14 AM

ATWOOD, Ill. (KMOV) -- A fundraiser for an Illinois little league is drawing controversy after group started raffling off an assault rifle to help more than a dozen teams play ball.

When a hog roast and raffle failed to raise enough money, Atwood-Hammond Little League organizers felt they had to try something new.

In just two months, the AR 15 raised more than $7,000.

“We could have went with a basic shotgun or something simple, but obviously it’s not going to draw the attention, not going to draw the volume we’re hoping to make,” said League President Steven McClain.

Despite assault rifles being a hot-button issue, Charidy Butcher, owner of the gun shop, says the rifle was never meant to make a statement.

“It was never a political agenda,” Butcher said. “It is what it is. We picked the rifle that would sell the most to raise the most for these organizations.”

Whoever wins the raffle must have a FOID card, fill out paper work, and pass a background check.

The raffle ends June 28th.

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