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A North Carolina nonprofit raising money for young athletes and cheerleaders has sparked backlash after offering a rifle as a prize in a fundraising raffle.
The raffle held by the East Henderson Youth Football and Cheerleading League (EHYFCL) in East Flat Rock, North Carolina, received criticism from some locals for offering the winner an FN 15 Patrol Carbine, according to local ABC affiliate WLOS.
“We don’t offer an assault rifle. We offer a FN 15 Patrol Carbine,” an EHYFCL spokesperson told Fox News Digital. “This is an ArmaLite 15 style rifle, not fully automatic, which by definition excludes it from being classified as an assault rifle. We follow all ATF guidelines. The item is held at an FFL, the recipient must complete an ATF form. 4473 and pass NICS -background check before owning it.”
Some critics took issue with the award choice, believing it to be inappropriate for a children’s league. Football players in the East Henderson league are 5 to 13 years old, and members on the cheer team are ages 4 to 13, according to the organization.
“I was honestly shocked when I got the message that the kids were going to sell an assault rifle because of what’s going on in schools across the country,” an anonymous concerned parent told WLOS. Another local parent who wished to remain anonymous said, “I thought it was in very bad taste for them to choose a weapon that is used against children.”
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East Flat Rock Park in East Flat Rock, North Carolina.
The group also took backlash from users on Facebook who said the lottery was everything from “sad” and “bad” to “disgusting” and “regrettable”.
EHYFCL leaders also responded to the criticism in a Facebook post on Thursday, writing “in response to complaints made both publicly and ‘anonymously’ about our lottery.”
Explaining that they are currently taking applications for an official fundraiser, the group wrote, “If you have a surefire way to raise enough money quickly to get us through the rest of the season and still have enough to start next season, we need you to use that energy.” in a positive way.”
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After explaining that their organization is not affiliated with the school district or the county, the group said, “The referees are not volunteers, the [police officers] and first responders for the safety of the children are not volunteers.”
“The use of the field, stadium and facilities is not free, the lost uniforms, mouthpieces, chin straps, ear pads, bows and socks are not free,” the group continued. “Equipment is not free, the insurance is not free, and all the other fees that the league has to pay are not imaginary.”
“If we don’t collect enough money, we are forced to raise fees,” added leaders of organizations.
EHYFCL told WLOS that they are “currently raising funds to purchase new equipment and have the ability to sponsor children in our community who cannot afford the registration fees.”
The lottery winner must be at least 21 years old and pass a background check, a league spokesperson further explained, adding that “the AR lottery has been held three years in a row and brings the most support we’ve ever had.”
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