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N.H. Gun Raffle To Continue Despite Criticism

BOSTON — In the midst of a national debate over whether the country needs stricter gun control laws, and despite widespread criticism, the New Hampshire Association of Chiefs of Police is sticking with a controversial plan to raise funds through a gun raffle.

Over 1,000 tickets have already been sold for raffle which is scheduled to start May 1, with a drawing each day of the month. Legal buyers will have a chance to win prizes that include 31 pistols, rifles and assault weapons.

The money raised will help pay for the New Hampshire Police Cadet Training Academy.

New Hampshire state Rep. Sharon Nordgren joined WBUR’s Morning Edition to discuss why she opposes the raffle.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/futo.buddy Futo Buddy

    Thank God for New Hampshire. Live free or die! We have a lot we could learn from them in the Baystate

  • Yopeace

    Please sign the petition!

    NH does not perform mental health background checks on gun purchases.
    Source: demandaplan.org NH submitted 2 mental health checks in 2011

    NH Chiefs of Police have created a raffle to give away a gun a day for
    31 days in May. The first day’s prize is a semi automatic assault
    weapon. Please join the community in asking the Chiefs: “Give up the gun
    giveaway and accept the offer of a buyback of all of the raffle
    tickets.”

    http://signon.org/sign/ask-nh-chiefs-of-police?source=c.em.cp&r_by=6908476

    • http://www.facebook.com/andrew.vernon.549 Andrew Vernon

      You contradict yourself. A semi automatic assault weapon? Really, your ignorance is astounding. At least research your subject before posting. The sig rifle that is being auctioned, i believe, is a sporting rifle designed to appear like the sig 556. Just because it looks like the military issued one does not mean that it is the same.

      • http://www.facebook.com/andrew.vernon.549 Andrew Vernon

        And why, as a law abiding new hampshire resident who has served faithfully for eight years and two in combat, should i lose my rights because of one lunatic who criminally obtained his weapons in a different state? Im a resposible owner who believes firmly in education and training.

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