Walmart cancels gun raffle

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TUCSON, Arizona (KVOA) — A Tucson, Arizona Walmart Superstore has cancelled a gun raffle after shoppers complained about the combination of guns and kids.

A flyer was in that Walmart until earlier this week, advertising a raffle of three popular hunting guns at $10 a ticket. The flyer said the proceeds would go to the Children’s Miracle network, including Tucson Medical Center.

After being contacted by the Tucson NBC affiliate, a Walmart spokesperson said, “Poor judgment was shown in choosing to conduct a raffle and in the selection of the prizes, we apologize to anyone who was offended or upset by either the raffle or the decision to cancel it.”

Charles Heller, a spokesman for the Arizona Citizens Defense League, criticized the raffle’s cancellation.

“It shows you the evil of political correctness. And I’ll tell you right now, if Walmart doesn’t want to do this raffle, the Arizona Citizens Defense League will,” Heller said.

However, some shoppers we spoke with outside that Walmart store agree with the cancellation.

One woman said, “Guns are not an appropriate prize for a children’s’ fund-raiser.”

A Walmart employee told us about 50 raffle tickets had been sold. The company spokesperson said everyone who bought a ticket will have their money refunded.

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