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Ever Hear of Raffling Rifles to Raise Political Funds?

Incumbent state representative John McCaherty is raffling off an unusual item—a civilian version of the military M16 rifle—at a fundraising dinner Aug. 27 in the nearby Fenton and High Ridge area.

Missouri Rep. John McCaherty (R-90th District), of High Ridge, has been a long supporter of the National Rifle Association (NRA). And the organization has supported him back.

This year, as the Aug. 7 primary election nears, McCaherty, who also is pastor of the , is holding a raffle to award one lucky winner with an AR15 rifle that was given to him by the NRA.

"It was donated by the NRA," said Ray Brockman, who organizes McCaherty's campaign group Citizens for McCaherty. As a raffle item, Brockman said. "I'd call it unusual."

Brockman said McCaherty has been a lifelong supporter of the NRA.

The .223 CMMG AR15 being raffled is a Missouri-made weapon, Brockman said. The weapon is the civilian version of the military's M16, which gained wide usage during the Vietnam War.

The winning raffle ticket for the weapon will be drawn Aug. 27 at a fund-raising dinner and auction at 211 S. Old Hwy 141, Fenton. Brockman said there also will be a variety of items on hand for a silent auction that evening.

There also will be a concert by The Redemptions.

Raffle tickets for the AR15 are $25 each. Brockman said only 200 tickets will be sold. For more information about the raffle or about the McCaherty campaign, contact Brockman at Citizens for McCaherty at 314-537-5341.

YOUR TURN—What do you think: "A" for creative financing? Or "Nope, not impressive or appropriate"?

Marc Perez July 21, 2012 at 11:54 AM
There is nothing wrong with a firearm raffle as a fund raiser. Firearms legally obtained by those who may legally posses them are, with rare exceptions used for hunting, sport or collecting purposes. The second amendment is a constitutional right, when some start taking our rights away we as America will fail. Recent news events, although tragic are not sufficient reason to take away the rights and liberties the founding fathers and those who came after fought and died for. God bless this man who is in service to the people of Missouri and those who give and gave so much for the freedoms we have.
Publius Anon July 26, 2012 at 03:38 PM
Somebody in Missouri should file a complaint against McCaherty with the local police. According to Missouri Revised Statute section 572 receiving money from illegal gambling like this is a Class D felony. And buying one of these lottery tickets is a class C misdemeanor Article III Section 39 of the Missouri Constitution says that raffles like this one are inherently illegal unless they're conducted by a religious organization, charity, or a riverboat casino.
Marc Perez July 26, 2012 at 03:47 PM
It's a "Raffle", not a lottery! Duh.... Not posting your name says something. It's America, you can speak without fear. Commrad!
Publius Anon July 26, 2012 at 07:46 PM
Marc, The fact that some lotteries let you choose your winning numbers is irrelevant. There's no legal difference between a lottery and a raffle, they're both based solely on chance. And according to the MIssiour's laws, and the Missouri Attorney General's web site, raffles, lotteries, sweepstakes, and all other games of chance are all illegal unless you're a charity or religious organization or a licensed casion. if you don't believe me, see the AG's website http://ago.mo.gov/publications/gambling2.htm which says: <quote> Raffles, sweepstakes A raffle is a game in which a participant buys a ticket for a chance at a prize, with the winner determined by a random drawing to take place at a location and date printed on the ticket. Raffles and sweepstakes are popular money-making efforts. Missouri law is clear, however, concerning which groups may legally sponsor these promotions. In 1998 Missouri voters adopted a constitutional amendment allowing raffles and sweepstakes to be sponsored by groups recognized under federal law as charitable or religious. </quote>

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