The Investigators

May 2, 2013 1:29 PM by Matthew Schwartz

Walmart cancels gun raffle after complaints

TUCSON - The Wal-Mart Superstore at Foothills Mall has cancelled a gun raffle after shoppers complained about the combination of guns and kids.

A flyer was in that Wal-Mart 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 News 4 Tucson Investigators, a Wal-Mart 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. He told me, "It shows you the evil of political correctness. And I'll tell you right now, if Wal-Mart doesn't want to do this raffle, the Arizona Citizens Defense League will."

However, some shoppers we spoke with outside that Wal-Mart store agree with the cancellation.

One woman said, "Guns are not an appropriate prize for a children's' fund-raiser."

A Wal-Mart 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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