Gun shop to raf­fle off AR-15 to ben­e­fit Or­lando vic­tims

The Daily Herald - - NATION & WORLD -

A subur­ban Chicago gun shop is con­duct­ing a raf­fle to ben­e­fit vic­tims of the Or­lando, Fla., shoot­ing mas­sacre — and the prize is an AR-15 ri­fle.

The semi-au­to­matic weapon that Sec­ond Amend­ment Sports in McHenry plans to give away is sim­i­lar to the gun used in the Or­lando at­tack that killed 49 peo­ple and wounded dozens more in a gay night club June 12.

A McHenry County woman who lost her son in an­other mass shoot­ing where an AR-15 was used — the 2012 movie the­ater mas­sacre in Colorado — called the shop’s raf­fle “of­fen­sive.”

But gun shop own­ers say their in­tent was not to of­fend or to make a po­lit­i­cal state­ment but to help the Or­lando vic­tims by raf­fling off one of the shop’s most pop­u­lar prod­ucts.

“We wanted to do some­thing for the loss of lives and in­juries that hap­pened to peo­ple in Or­lando,” said Bert Irslinger Jr., who owns the shop with his fa­ther, Bert Sr.

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