Rifle raffle for girls softball league sparks controversy

CREATED Mar 23, 2013

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St. Helens, OR (KTNV) -- A girls softball league in Oregon is taking some heat for a fundraiser.

They sent out fliers for raffle tickets with the winner getting an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle and a pair of 30-round magazines.

The contest rules state the winner must be at least 18-years-old and legally allowed to own a firearm.

Some parents are critical of the grand prize in light of recent gun violence, but the league president said they need money for their fields and uniforms.

"None of the raffle tickets were ever in the girls' hands. This was all adults. Adult-to-adult, word of mouth type deal," said Devin Degraffenreid.

While the raffle may be controversial, they sold all 330 tickets for $10 each, in two days.