Baseball raffle AR-15

This AR-15 semi-automatic rifle is similar to the one featured in a raffle for a Bixby youth baseball team. STEPHANIE ANDRE/Tulsa World

BIXBY — The Bixby Cubs, a baseball team for boys 11 and under, is selling raffle tickets to win an AR-15 rifle as part of a fundraiser.

Tickets are being sold for $5 per ticket or five tickets for $20, and can be purchased from either players or their parents.

A drawing will be held March 29 after the first regular season game, and the winner will receive a Smith & Wesson AR-15 from Guntech Arms or a gift card from the local store in lieu of the firearm.

The team is an independent club and is not affiliated with leagues, coach Patrick Davis said.

Davis said this is the fourth year in a row for the team to hold the popular fundraiser.

“It’s a positive thing for the kids, and we have received support from all of the parents,” he said. “We have found that people would rather buy tickets for this than a Visa gift card.”

Davis emphasized that the tickets are not being sold to children and that all of the mandatory background checks will take place before anyone receives a firearm.

“The raffle is legal, and we’re not selling to children or necessarily giving away a weapon,” he said. “If you have a problem with it, then don’t buy it.”

Harold Gibble, owner of Guntech Arms, 12800 S. Memorial Drive, said he sees no issue with raffling off a semi-automatic weapon.

“I don’t see anything wrong with it,” he said. “It’s a fun and legal item, and it’s also a sport.

“And here in Oklahoma we own guns more than one per person, I’m sure.”

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