Guns offered as prizes in children’s softball league raffle, reports say
- A women’s softball league in Texas gave away guns as top prizes in a fundraising raffle, according to reports.
- A parent told KPRC-TV she was “shocked” by the choice of raffle prizes.
- The league defended its decision, but has now reportedly changed the award to a $1,400 gun store voucher.
Powerful weapons were offered as prizes in a fundraising raffle for a women’s softball league in Texas, leaving parents outraged, The Times of London reported.
The annual end-of-season raffle for the South Montgomery County Women’s Softball League has in the past included free league registration prizes, priority parking and items donated by local businesses, a reported the Times.
But, this year, buying a $25 ticket offered players the chance to win a Smith & Wesson 15T II semi-automatic rifle or a Glock 17 pistol, according to the newspaper.
A parent whose children play in the league told local media that she had filed a complaint about the raffle with the league’s board of directors. The league said it received three complaints from parents about the draw, according to Houston NBC News affiliate station KPRC-TV.
“I was shocked,” Jessica England, who has three daughters, said in an interview with KPRC-TV. “It’s really upsetting for me.”
England told KPRC-TV the awards were inappropriate choices for a family fundraiser. “They wouldn’t raffle a basket of liquor and tobacco, they wouldn’t raffle a gift card to a [cannabis] dispensary,” she said. “These are not appropriate for children’s activities, and I don’t think that is the case either.
The awards also failed to take into account community feelings about the Uvalde mass shooting, which happened in May and took place at an elementary school in Texas, where the league is based, a said England. “Not even four months ago, 19 children and two teachers were shot dead with a semi-automatic assault rifle, just like the one that is drawn here,” she said. told KPRC-TV.
In a statement to KPRC-TV, the league initially defended its decision. “The raffle is a legal and common practice,” they said.
“All winners will be required to pass a background check before receiving a prize,” he continued. “If winners do not pass the background check, they are considered ineligible. SMGSL strives to meet the needs of our members.”
However, according to KPRC-TV, the league responded to the outrage by exchanging the award. In lieu of firearms, the raffle winner will receive a $1,400 gift card to Springs Gun and Ammo, a local gun store, the local news station reported.
The South Montgomery County Women’s Softball League did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.