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Local Hockey Gun Raffle Draws National Controversy

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The West Fargo Youth Association is raffling off tickets for a chance to win one of 200 guns.


They say the world-wide attention may be drawing in some criticism.

Mike Prochnow's inbox is now full.

Emails coming in from all across the country after this story we first aired popped up on websites like Sports Illustrated and Huffington Post.

"I don't even know where this one is from," says Prochnow, with the West Fargo Hockey Association.

Some are good, thanking them for supporting youth hockey. And others

"this one is bad."

He says some people aren't happy that they are holding a raffle for guns.

"This a youth association. We are not just handing out guns. People have to get background checks," says Prachnow.

It's not just the story that is getting attention far and wide, people are buying tickets from all over including Antarctica for their chance at winning a gun.

"We've pretty much gotten something from every state," says Prachnow.

For Prochnow, he says he doesn't mind that this raffle is making headlines, because it's giving them an opportunity to succeed at their main goal of the raffle and that's to raise money for the kids.

"Kids start hunting at young age here with there parents. But we are not handing them out. This is a raffle for the kids."

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