The Chester County Deputy Sheriff's Association will on May 13 hold a raffle to pay for training in the department's dog units, according to a report from The Daily Local News.
Prizes include $100 cash – and a Savage .22 bolt-action rifle and a Colt AR-15 assault rifle, two items that are ruffling feathers of gun violence advocates.
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Chester County Sheriff Carolyn “Bunny” Welsh on Monday defended the auction, saying the guns were donated by an unnamed county resident and winners will be required to submit to a federal background check before the guns are legally transferred to them.
"It was certainly not our intention to be insensitive," Welsh said.
"However, this is a legal weapon that will be transferred to a law-abiding, legal resident."