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July 01, 2016

Ill. Gun-Shop Raffling AR-15 to Benefit Orlando Fund

A gun store in McHenry, Ill., is raffling off a semi-automatic weapon similar to that used in the Pulse nightclub shooting to benefit victims of the Orlando massacre, reports the Chicago Tribune. Second Amendment Sports is selling $5 tickets for a chance to win the AR-15 rifle in a July 31 drawing, with proceeds earmarked for the OneOrlando Fund set up by officials in the Florida city.

Store officials said the raffle is not intended as a political statement but aims to utilize one of their most popular products to aid victims of the tragedy. “I understand that there are different opinions out there,” said Vic Santi, the shop’s marketing head. “We don't look at this as a gun issue. We look at this as a terrorism issue.”

Friends of some of the 49 people killed in the attack are calling on Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer to reject the gun-sale donation, the New York Daily News writes.