NC fire department decides to remove AR-15 and other firearms from raffle

An AR-15 rifle. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

SOUTHPORT, N.C. (WECT) — The Southport Fire Department has decided to pull all three firearms, including the Palmetto AR-15, from their fundraising raffle, Southport Fire Chief Todd Coring said Saturday night.

The firearms were a part of a fundraising effort to raise money for the Firefighter’s Freedom Competition.

AR-15s, along with other assault-style rifles, have become a hot topic since the mass shooting in Orlando.

Three cash prizes have replaced the firearms in the raffle, which was started months ago, officials said.

A total of 1,200 tickets have been printed for the raffle, and they will be sold for $10 each.

Other prizes originally included a Savage Arms rifle, a Mossberg shotgun, a Yeti cooler and a 60 inch TV.

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