Minor-league gun raffle canceled because of leagues’ pressure

A gun raffle planned by an Alabama minor league baseball team as part of a “Second Amendment Night” promotion has been canceled.

(Huntsville Stars via Facebook) (Huntsville Stars via Facebook)

The Huntsville Stars, the Milwaukee Brewers’ Class AA affiliate, had planned the promotion, along with Larry’s Pistol and Pawn, for Wednesday night, promising “patriotism, fun, food, firepower!” But Southern League and Minor League Baseball officials pressured the Stars into dropping the idea.

“It’s in the best interest of baseball. We’re part of a larger organization and we have to uphold the game of baseball,” General Manager Buck Rogers told the Huntsville Times. “It comes before everything we do. Some teams do crazy promotions and fund-raising and we do that, too. We’re still going to continue to have promotions and things to bring family entertainment to Huntsville.”

Guns are not permitted at ballparks, so the plan was to select three raffle winners to receive certificates for a gun, provided they met legal requirements.

Other parts of the promotion will continue, with National Rifle Association members who produce a membership card admitted free to the game against the Chattanooga Lookouts. And copies of the Declaration of Independence will be handed out.

Rogers maintained, according to the Times, that the promotion “was a great idea” that was exaggerated when it became nationally known. “Once the news gets out of market,” he told the Times, “it gets like that telephone game.”

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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.

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