Group raffling AR-15 for fundraiser because it’s ‘more controversial and helps us sell tickets’

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NORTH PLAINS, OR (KGW) An Oregon group says they chose an AR-15 rifle for their ongoing fundraiser because “it’s more controversial and helps us sell tickets.”

The North Plains chapter of the Knights of Pythias are raffling off the rifle to raise money for veterans.

Knights member Ricky Freeman said they have already received some negative feedback from people on both sides of the gun debate. However, the negative comments are no surprise. The group expected that. In fact, it is why they chose an AR-15.

“A lot of the other lodges use rifles that are either shotgun-type or just the regular hunting-type rifle,” Freeman said. “This was our first rifle raffle. We wanted to start out with something that, yeah, it’s more controversial and helps us sell tickets.”

Anyone can enter the drawing, but the winner must undergo a background check before receiving the rifle.

“We encourage anyone to purchase a ticket, and if you are against the idea, we encourage you to purchase a ticket and then once you have the gun, you could destroy it if you like,” Freeman said.

A winner will be chosen at 8 p.m. on July 4. Whoever wins will have to go through the same process as if they were to buy a gun anywhere else.

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