NH gun raffle to include semiautomatics


NEWPORT, N.H. (AP) -- The New Hampshire Association of Chiefs of Police plans to give away 31 firearms, including several semi-automatic weapons, in a raffle to raise money for a youth training academy.

The Valley News in West Lebanon, N.H., reports that the raffle is planned for this May. It says the chiefs' association is selling 1,000 tickets for $30 each to anyone 18 or older hoping to win some the most popular New Hampshire-made sporting firearms.

The raffle is planned as a national debate heats up over whether to restrict citizens' access to firearms, especially semi-automatic weapons commonly used in mass shootings, following the Dec. 14 school shootings in Connecticut.

A state legislator, Democratic Rep. Sharon Nordgren of Hanover, says the gun raffle shows insensitivity as the country tries to grapple with the issue.