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Kentucky softball team forges ahead with AR-15 rifle raffle

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Posted at 6:21 AM, Feb 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-22 06:21:00-05

An under-10 girls' softball team is the latest entity to attract attention for a fundraiser raffling off an AR-15 assault rifle.

Fully Loaded Inc. owner Kenny Barnett tells the Lexington Herald-Leader the winners of the Central Kentucky BatCats' raffle will have to pass background checks to claim the AR-15 or the semi-automatic pistol that's also being offered.

Barnett says his store has facilitated multiple such fundraisers, which usually pull in at least $5,000 for youth softball teams.

While some organizations across the county have cancelled or apologized for similar fundraisers in the wake of the Parkland, Florida, shooting that left 17 dead, a Missouri youth baseball team is also forging ahead with its raffle.

BatCats Coach Kevin Beasley says he's heard some complaints, but the majority of feedback is supportive.