North Dakota Hockey Club Stirs Controversy With Gun Raffle

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North Dakotans are no strangers to gun raffles. It seems every time I go out to eat or for drinks with friends I get hit up to buy a raffle ticket from this or that group where, among the prices, there are a bunch of guns. So I’m scratching my head as to why a raffle being put on by the West Fargo Hockey Club is stirring controversy.

Other than the fact that gun control is very much in the news, and people are overreacting.

Anyway, the hockey club is raffling off 200 guns – some of them the sort often described as “assault weapons.” Now the story has hit the national media, with Sports Illustrated, The Huffington Post and The Atlantic all writing stories.

I really don’t get it. As I’ve already alluded to, gun raffles happen in North Dakota all the time. This is a pretty big one – 200 guns – but that’s just a matter of degree. One gun or 200 guns, this is a perfectly legal raffle for a perfectly legal product.

The raffle page is here. It’s not clear whether you need to be present to win, but it might be worth buying some tickets to support the club and send a message on gun rights.

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Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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