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St. Helens Softball League Raffles Off AR-15 Semi-Automatic Rifle

AP | March 26, 2013 1:06 p.m. | Updated: March 26, 2013 2:08 p.m. | St. Helens, Oregon

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A fundraiser for the girls softball league in St. Helens has garnered $1,600 by raffling off an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle.

KGW-TV reports that the raffle raised protests among some parents, who said raising money by raffling the weapon was inappropriate for a youth league.

The leaders, though, defended the raffle and said it increased support for the league. The money is for equipment and fields.

The winner of the raffle, Allen Hays, says he plans to use the weapon for hunting and pleasure shooting.

Semi-automatic rifles known as AR-15s were used in mass shootings such as those at Clackamas Town Center and Newtown, Conn. They have been at the center of the recent national debate over proposals to ban it or the large-capacity magazines that can be used with it.

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