A gun store in suburban Chicago is raffling off an AR-15 rifle and plans to donate the money raised to the OrlandoOne fund, the Chicago Tribune reports.
The raffle has raised $2,000 thus far, and will end when a winner is announced in July, according to Mediaite. The owner of the store, Second Amendment Sports, has stated that he plans to donate all of the money raised to the victims of the Orlando shooting.
He is selling raffle tickets for $5.
“I understand that there are different opinions out there,” Vic Santi, the store’s marketing director told the Chicago Tribune. “We don’t look at this as a gun issue. We look at this as a terrorism issue.”
Demand for AR-15 rifles has spiked in the wake of the Orlando shooting, several gun store owners have reported.
“These guns are weapons of war, meant to kill large numbers of people in a short time, which is what happened in Orlando. I find it very distasteful and offensive,” Colleen Dalley, executive director of the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence, stated in response to the raffle.