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They’ve been raffling and auctioning guns at the Cameron Park (CA) Fire Department crab feed for many years. The AR-15 that was part of the fundraiser this year has brought complaints.
A group of Cameron Park moms is upset after attending a fundraiser for firefighters where an AR-15 rifle was the main raffle prize. They say the timing was insensitive after the deadly Florida school shootings.
The annual crab feed fundraiser was held at the Cameron Park Community Center where the American Flag flag is at half-staff in honor of the shooting victims. The event is put on by the Cameron Park Firefighters Association. The money raised goes to support the Explorer and Residents programs for Cal-Fire. Fire officials say the event is popular with hunters and outdoorsman in the area.
“The people involved are following the letter of the law,” said Deputy Chief Scott McLean with Cal Fire.
After the raffle, the gun was taken to a gun store for the 10-day waiting period and background check required by law, said Scott McLane, deputy chief and spokesman for CalFire, which oversees programs that are beneficiaries of the Cameron Park fundraiser. If the winner passes a background check, he or she can then pick it up, McLane said.
Two other semi-automatic guns also were part of this year’s raffle, he said.
“These weapons are not any different than anything you could go into the gun store and buy,” McLane said. He said the event was planned before the recent Florida shooting rampage and had no opinion on whether it was appropriate to raffle off an AR-15 so soon after it.