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Concerns Raised Over Type of Gun Being Raffled at Apple Scrapple Fest

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BRIDGEVILLE, Del. (WBOC) - A weapon some consider an assault rifle is up for grabs in Bridgeville.

The town's annual Apple Scrapple Festival is just two weekends away. And for the second year, the Bridgeville Volunteer Fire Company is having a gun raffle fundraiser.

But this year the raffle is leading to some concerns. WBOC received calls from people concerned about the kind of gun available.

The fire department is giving away an AR-15. Though there's disagreement over this between the pro-second amendment and anti-gun camps, some consider the AR-15 to be an assault rifle.

Fire company officials say the Bridgeville Rifle and Pistol Club donated the gun and allowed the fire company to pick what kind it wanted.

Last year it was two pistols. This year it's an AR-15.

The drawing will be held during the Apple Scrapple Festival on Saturday, Oct. 11. The choice of gun drew mixed reactions from people WBOC spoke with in Bridgeville.

"It sounds good to me," said Remsen Haynes, who lives in Laurel. "I love them. I doesn't bother me at all. With what's going on in the country right now, I think we all need assault rifles."

"I don't think they should be around," Alvie Casterline, from Bridgeville, said. "There's too much going on. I believe we have to protect ourselves. But an assault rifle? That's something like what the military has."

"It doesn't bother me," said Kenny Gordon, of Greenwood. "It's not my business. Whatever they want to do is their business."

Fire company officials stand by their AR-15 decision and say this a gun readily available to the public for purchase. And they wanted to pick something people would want, something that would sell a lot of tickets.

Tickets are still available for the raffle - one for $2 or six for $10.

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