Aliquippa, PA (KDKA) — A few days after the tragedy in Texas, the Aliquippa police station posted about shooting down a gun.
In the light of the mass shootings at Yuvarde’s elementary school, it raised some concerns about the optics of the situation.
Aliquippa police chief John Lane said he understood why he was concerned, but said his department was not promoting the sale of guns.
Lane said this was part of a fundraiser to benefit the family of the former police chief. Around 10:30 am on Thursday, a gun lottery was posted on page K-9 of the Aliquippa Police Department.
“I don’t want to repel anyone who sells guns or thinks something bad is happening,” Lane said.
Lane explained that the department would not hand out guns. The winner must be 21 years of age or older and pass a background check.
“If we’ve dealt with people before and we know they’re probably not good people, that doesn’t work. We usually don’t have to make that decision,” Lane says. I did. “Who we sell those tickets to is very controlled, and with a background check, there is no mistake.”
According to the chief, the fundraiser began before the shootings in Texas. It was to coincide with the anniversary of Robert Sirock’s death.
He said Thursday’s post was an update to an ongoing fundraiser, which was expected to potentially bring thousands of dollars.
“We will continue to push and strive to make his wife and his family as comfortable as possible,” Lane said.
In past raffles, some winners chose the value of cash as a prize.
According to the fundraiser Facebook page, it has stopped. Nothing has been said yet when it could happen again.
Aliquippa Police Station Cancels Gun Raffle Fundraiser Two Days After Shooting at a School in Texas
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