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High school baseball team selling raffle tickets for AR-15

The Minden High Baseball Booster Club is raffling off a rifle in April to raise money.
For just $10, an AR 15 assault rifle could be yours. The Minden High Baseball Booster Club is raffling off a rifle in April to raise money.

"Well, my first observation is that it was unusual," says Dr. Daniel Rawls, Webster Parish Schools Superintendent.

Dr. Rawls says while the booster club can offer any prize they chose, the school system was still concerned after learning about the raffle.

"We're always aware and cognisent of an issue, where you say child and assault weapon in the same sentence," says Dr. Rawls.

The booster club raffled away on assault rifle in 2013 also.

Someone who is selling tickets, but didn’t want to go on camera, tells NBC 6 they don’t just give the gun away.

The winner has to go through a background check, and the gun must be registered in their name before they can actually take it home.

So what do people in Minden think about the rifle raffle?

"I think it's a good way to raise money and help the schools, and teach kids about gun safety and hunting and stuff like that," says Travis Kilday.

"Well, I don't feel as though it's a problem for them to raffle off the gun, be responsible,” says Lawrence Wilson. “Guns don't kill people, people kill people."

"Down here, there's a lot of hunting,” says Marilyn Lee. “And children, I believe, should have learned how to do gun safety and not be afraid of guns. And to me it's not guns, it's the people that use them that do the wrong."

Dr. Rawls says now with all the attention, the group is trying to decide if they'll continue the fundraiser.

Glenbrook School, a private school in Minden, has a similar raffle.

The booster club has a hunter's raffle twice a week, which includes a four-wheeler, a deer stand and a hunting rifle.
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