The Atwood-Hammond Little League in Illinois is giving away an AR-15 assault rifle in its charity drive this year. (AFP file photo)
Talk about getting more bang for your charity buck.
A youth baseball league in Illinois, fresh off a charity pig roast in 2012 that netted it a mere $10, has decided to go away from traditional fundraising items this year and raffle off something a little more unusual.
Instead of auctioning things like gift cards or selling chocolate bars, the Atwood-Hammond Little League, which needs some cold, hard cash to replace its equipment, will give away a semi-automatic assault rifle as its big prize this year.
Yessiree, Bob, that would be an AR-15 — which carries a retail value of $2,000, according to league commissioner Steven McClain — complete with a 30-round magazine.
“Guns are super hot right now, they’re extremely hard to get—we decided to go that route,” McClain told television station WAND.
Apparently, word has hit the street that the gun is up for grabs and tickets are flying off the shelf.
“(It has) been going gangbusters,” said Charidy Butcher, the co-owner of the store that partnered with the league for the fundraiser. “I’ve already gotten calls this morning from Pennsylvania, I’ve gotten calls from Washington state, I’ve gotten calls from Texas, I’ve gotten calls from Mississippi already wanting to know how they can buy tickets. So, overall, the response has been tremendous.”
Now, before anyone starts jumping to conclusions, know this: the raffle winner will need to submit to a background check, the same as anyone who wants to buy a gun of this sort.