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Parents offer opposing opinions on raffling off firearms to raise money

Parents offer opposing opinions on raffling off firearms to raise money

Breaking News
ST. PETERS, MO - Some local youth sports parents are weighing in on the decision of a Neosho youth team to raise money by raffling off an AR-15.  Organizers of that raffle have been criticized by some who point out the AR-15 was the type of firearm used in the Florida school shooting that took 17 lives. There was a mix of opinions at Gametime Sports in St. Peters Monday night.  Some parents did not see a problem with the raffle while others believed it was in poor taste. “It’s not the gun that kills, it’s the people behind them,” said one parent. “It’s not right.  It’s in bad taste,” said another parent. Firearm raffles are not uncommon.  We found the website 52gunraffle.com.  One upcoming raffle features an AR-15 style firearm. AR-15 style rifles were banned in the United States in 1994
Florida lawmakers postpone consideration of bill to make it even easier to buy firearms

Florida lawmakers postpone consideration of bill to make it even easier to buy firearms

Politics
Less than 24 hours after 17 people were shot and killed at a high school in Florida, lawmakers in the state were scheduled to consider a bill that would allow people to obtain gun licenses without passing a background check. But given the national attention on the mass shooting, a representative for the Senate president told ThinkProgress Thursday morning that the committee would be postponing consideration of the legislation. Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam (R), who is running for governor of Florida, authored the provision and asked state Sen. Kelli Stargel (R) to tuck it into the end of a 98-page agriculture bill that deals mostly with oyster harvesting, livestock, and liquefied gas. The controversial provision would require the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, t