Gun raffle for East Canton youth baseball league receives mixed - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

Gun raffle for East Canton youth baseball league receives mixed reaction on social media

East Canton Youth Baseball league holds gun raffle to raise funds. (Source: East Canton Youth Baseball League) East Canton Youth Baseball league holds gun raffle to raise funds. (Source: East Canton Youth Baseball League)
EAST CANTON, OH (WOIO) -

An AR-15 will be part of a gun raffle for funds toward the East Canton Youth Baseball Association.

President of the ECYBA David Spencer said this is the fifth consecutive year the association is having the raffle.

Spencer says locals have not complained. However, there has been mixed reaction on social media. 

"Overall, the reaction I've seen has been positive. For those that don't agree, I'm not surprised -- everyone's entitled to their

opinion," said Spencer.

Spencer says the raffle profits have helped the program grow while keeping parent fees low. Each fundraiser brings in about $5,000.

Kids do not sell tickets and the winner makes arrangements with a local gun shop to obtain the prize. 

Each raffle winner has to pass a federal background check prior to getting the gun, according to Spencer.

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