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No: 001

City __________________
Phone ________________

Address _______________

Name_________________

Outlaws Little League Baseball Team

Fundraising Raffle

Florida Leads Reform of
Zero-Tolerance Abuse
1st Prize: AR-15 rifle

Proceeds fund travel and equipment expenses

No: 001

Little League Team Raffles off AR-15

T

he Outlaws Little League baseball team of Elk City, Okla., made headlines
this spring with their attention-grabbing approach to youth fundraising.
To help fund their travel and equipment expenses, the team sold $20 raffle
tickets for an AR-15 rifle. The tickets made clear the winner would have to comply
with Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) regulations, and
an organizer of the fundraiser explained to Oklahoma City's KFOR-TV that the recipient would have to submit to a background check before receiving the firearm.
Despite the prevalence of firearm fundraisers throughout the country in a
variety of contexts-from political candidates to volunteer fire companies-as
well as the team's assurances that the raffle would adhere to the law, some took
exception to the team's fundraising effort. KFOR reported that several members
of the public vented their outrage on the Internet, with one asking, "Why in
the world would you have 6-, 7-, 8- and 9-year-olds selling raffle tickets for an
assault rifle[?]"
The obvious answer to the above question is that the organizers believed it
would be a profitable way to support a group of kids who needed funds to play
baseball. Indeed, the AR-15 is emerging as America's favorite rifle. For many, it is
as iconically American as baseball and apple pie.
Just why this is so upsetting to the raffle's critics is not clear. Some are apparently incensed that a firearm could in any way be associated with a youth activity,
even though many youths themselves safely and responsibly take part in the
shooting sports under adult supervision. The transfer of the firearm, moreover,
is to be attended by all the same safeguards that are associated with a normal
retail sale from a dealer, including a background check of the recipient.
It's unfortunate, if rather predictable, that some have chosen to deride a
distinctive, safe and legal way to support youth athletics. The team and its supporters, however, do not seem fazed by the controversy. Andy Shelton, father
of a team member, displayed a tolerance for opposing viewpoints from which
the team's critics could learn a lesson. As Shelton explained to KFOR, "For some
people guns are just not their thing, but for people out here it's a popular sport,
hobby and activity that a lot of families enjoy."

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n a move that will hopefully mark the
beginning of a return to sanity in the
administration of scholastic "zero-tolerance"
disciplinary policies, on April 24 the Florida
Senate passed HB 7029 by an overwhelming
margin of 32-6. As this issue was going to
press, the bill was awaiting Gov. Rick Scott's
signature.
Often referred to as the "The Right to Be
a Kid Act" or the "Pop Tart Bill," the legislation
arose in response to numerous episodes of
ordinary, harmless behavior being ensnared
by overly broad school weapons policies.
HB 7029 makes clear that "[s]imulating a firearm or weapon while playing or
wearing clothing or accessories that depict
a firearm or weapon or express an opinion
regarding a right guaranteed by the Second
Amendment to the United States Constitution is not grounds for disciplinary action
or referral to the criminal justice or juvenile
justice system."
The bill also addresses concerns that it
would go too far in protecting potentially
unruly behavior. HB 7029 has a provision
which states, "[a] student may be subject to
disciplinary action if simulating a firearm or
weapon while playing substantially disrupts
student learning, causes bodily harm to
another person, or places another person in
reasonable fear of bodily harm."
The Florida Legislature should be commended for taking the lead in tackling the
long-standing issue of zero-tolerance policy
misuse. Its actions to protect school children
serve as an example worth emulating by
legislative bodies across the nation.

IN MEMORY NRA-ILA CONTRIBUTIONS

(March 23-April 23, 2014)
William Kerstiens, Red Bluff, CA (from Lynelle Kerstiens); Raymond Hutcheson, Lake Wales, FL (from Glenna Sue Hutcheson); Arthur Dallas, New
Richmond, OH (from Noel Joy Dallas); Clifford Tatum, Calvin, OK (from Twila Tatum); David Eddlemon, San Antonio, TX (from Magali Eddlemon); Wayne
Gray, Silsbee, TX (from Martha Gray); Paul Carroll, Front Royal, VA (from Mary Carroll); Paul Trum, Lewellen, NE (from Shirley Trum); James Taylor,
Greenville, SC (from Mary Taylor); Rudolph Kruse, Jr., Carrollton, MO (from Elizabeth Kruse); Jerry Netzer, Summit Argo, IL (from Ron Netzer); Elton
Branch, Portland, OR (from Arthur & Lonnie Annas); James Martin, Pampa, TX (from John Martin); Teresa Starnes, Winchester, KY (from Jim & Margaret
Younghans); Brad Hawthorne, Paducah, KY (from Laurie Miller); Chet Westergard, Hayesville, NC (from David & Patricia Roberts); Douglas Ostlind,
Woodland, CA (from Joe Gallordo); Walter Almanza (from St. Joseph Rifle & Pistol Club, Inc.); Deceased Members of the Dundee Sportsman's Club
(from Dundee Sportsman's Club).

ILA CONTRIBUTIONS

(The following contributed $1,000 or more to the NRA Institute for Legislative Action during December 24, 2013 - January 23, 2014.)
Brian Tucker, Greensboro, NC; John Kavan, Darien, IL; Bob Gresham, Centerville, TX; Peggy Thompson, Wilmington, DE; Jeffrey Tarpley, Grants Pass,
OR; B.W. Loughridge, Albuquerque, NM; David Fite, Sacramento, CA; Tommy Pittman, Westminister, SC; Richard Berg, Newport Beach, CA; James
Brown, Corpus Christi, TX; James McMillin, Talkeetna, AK; Thomas Guzzo, Sharpsburg, GA; Paul Knetsche, Simpsonville, SC; Frank Deganahl, Amelia
Island, FL; David Colebank, Charlotte, NC; Ralph DeYoung, Aikken, SC; John Chionchio, Hatboro, PA; William Turcotte, Edgewater, FL; William Harvie,
Santee, CA; John Hill, Centreville, VA; Karen Lien, Perkasie, PA; Jerry Coleman, West Valley City, UT; Donald Lash, Medford, NJ; James Martin,
Chambersburg, PA; Brownells, Inc., Montezuma, IA; Davidson's, Prescott, AZ; Sturm Ruger & Company, Inc., Southport, CT; Hibbing Rifle &
Pistol Club, Chisholm, MN; Wideners Reloading & Shooting Supply, Inc., Johnson City, TN; Cape Radiology Group, Cape Girardeau, MO; and Remington
Arms/Freedom Group, Madison, NC.

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