Iowa Indoor Football Team Postpones AR-15 Gun Giveaway
An indoor football team located in Iowa has made the decision to postpone a giveaway night during one of their upcoming home games. The prize? An AR-15 rifle.
The Des Moines Register reports that the Sioux City Bandits were planning to raffle off an AR-15 rifle during Saturday night's regular-season finale. The giveaway was to be part of the team's annual Military Appreciation Night, with proceeds from the rifle raffle going to veterans and veteran's services. While a giveaway such as this wouldn't normally raise too much of a fuss, the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas which left 19 children and 2 teachers dead has once again put the national spotlight on the AR-15. It was the gun used by the shooter at Robb Elementary School.
Bond ended up pulling the promotion saying he feared it would become a distraction for the team, according to the Register. The Bandits had partnered with a veteran-owned gun store, American Brothers in Arms, for the raffle. The Register reports that anyone 18 years of age and older could buy a raffle ticket for the gun at the game. Participants would have been subjected to a background check and the gun would not have been at the game. Bond says that the promotion will eventually return.
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