A gun shop in northern Illinois has been literally inundated with attention since announcing it will raffle off a semi-automatic sport-utility rifle to benefit victims of the Orlando terror attack.
Second Amendment Sports, located in McHenry near the Illinois-Wisconsin border, will run the raffle through the month of July. A winner will be named July 31, according to Bert Irslinger, Jr., who owns the store with his father, Bert, Sr.
In a telephone conversation, he said response has been overwhelming, with inquiries from as far away as Florida, Oregon and Texas. There has also been a bit of nasty criticism from anti-gunners, especially on social media, Irslinger said.
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Up for grabs is a Smith & Wesson M&P15 Sport II, chambered for the popular 5.56mm NATO round. In the event the winner lives in a state with special restrictions, such as California’s “bullet button,” Irslinger said he would provide a model to meet local regulations.
He has been surprised by the response.
“Gun owners and the gun industry have hearts,” he said. “We’re going to stand together against terrorism and hate crimes.”
This is not the first time that Second Amendment Sports has been involved in such a worthy cause. In the past, the store has raised funds for charities that support children with disabilities, cancer research and even pet shelters.
The raffle helps Second Amendment Sports launch its new location. In business for about six years, the store just opened in a new facility, with indoor shooting ranges, classrooms and more floor space, Irslinger said.
Proceeds from the raffle will go to help victims of the terror attack. A home-grown terrorist launched the June 12 attack that killed 49 people and wounded 53 others.
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