ATWOOD, Ill. (CBS St. Louis) — An Illinois town’s little league program is raffling an AR-15 assault rifle to raise money.
Atwood Armory is raising money for the Atwood-Hammond Little League program to replace old equipment.
“We could have went with a basic shotgun or something simple,” league commissioner Steven McClain told WCIA-TV. “But obviously it’s not going to draw the attention, not going to draw the volume we’re hoping to make.”
The little league program only raised $10 last year in a raffle so owners of the gun shop decided to step in.
“If we were to sell that gun in store with all the accessories and ammo with it, it would be well over $2,000,” Atwood Armory co-owner Charidy Butcher told WCIA.
According to the gun shop’s Facebook page, the little league raffle has raised $1,600 so far.
Co-owner Bryan Butcher says they are not trying to send any type of message through the raffle.
“It was never a political agenda. It is what it is,” Butcher told WCIA.
Whoever wins the raffle is still not guaranteed the assault rifle. The person will still need to pass a background check.
“[They] will have to go through a background check just like they were purchasing the firearm from us,” Charidy Butcher told WAND-TV.
Tickets for the raffle are $20 each and people can purchase them until June 28.