Kids’ wrestling club raffling off semi-automatic weapon

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HALSTEAD, Kan. — The Halstead Wrestling Club is holding a raffle for a fundraiser.

Young wrestlers and their parents are selling raffle tickets for the grand prize, the M & P 15 semi-automatic rifle.

Anyone 18 and over can enter the contest.

“It’s not like they’re giving this away to a little boy or a little girl,” said resident Chris Belveal.  “In this kind of town, everybody either shoots or has friends, family, relatives that shoot.”

But not all residents are in favor of it.

“Doesn’t give the best impression,” said Mark Rodenberg.  “It’s going to upset some parents and may even hurt their ability to raise money in the future.”

The Halstead Wrestling Club’s coach says ticket sales for the rifle raffle outperformed previous fundraisers.

He says the club committee didn’t see a problem because most of their members grew up around firearms.

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