Welcome to America, where we auction off assault rifles to fund little league baseball teams. No, seriously, a little league is raising money by auctioning off a real life AR-15.
Forget car washes and traditional fundraisers, Atwood-Hammond Little League in Illinois has raised the bar in order to actually interest people in contributing to their little sluggers’ dreams.
Last year, the league managed to raise just $10 according to league commissioner Steven McClain. This year they’ve partnered with Atwood Armory, who is providing the raffle item (following quote via IllinoisHomepage.com).
“It’s got a full rail system, comes with a 30 round magazine,” said Bryan Butcher, co-owner of Atwood Armory.
“We could have went with a basic shotgun or something simple,” said league commissioner Steven McClain. “But obviously it’s not going to draw the attention, not going to draw the volume we’re hoping to make.”
“If we were to sell that gun in store with all the accessories and ammo with it, it would be well over $2,000,” said co-owner Charidy Butcher.
With the recent devastating events that have taken place, it seems like a pecular time to auction off an assault rifle to fund a little league, but then again, this is America.
For those of you wondering, yes the winner will have to go through standard gun buyer background checks and all of the necessary paperwork.
“Guns are super hot right now, they’re extremely hard to get—we decided to go that route,” McClain said.