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Okla. youth program raffles chance to buy a gun

Published on NewsOK Modified: September 12, 2013 at 6:02 pm •  Published: September 12, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Football players are taught at a young age what plays they can run out of the shotgun or pistol formations. Now a youth football league in Oklahoma is making waves for raffling off tickets saying the winner would get a handgun.

Bixby Youth Football president Jason Clark said the tickets should have been more clear: The winner got a gift certificate to a gun store, but did not have to buy a gun. Although Clark said the winner did end up buying a gun after passing a background check, the person could have purchased other items at the store like clothes, a gun safe or a gun case.

"There should have been a disclaimer put on it. We have found a mistake on there. But at the end of the day everybody knew, if you win a gift card, you don't have to get a gun," Clark said.

Clark said he's surprised by the media attention the suburban Tulsa league has received over the raffle. He said the league raffled off a hunting rifle two years ago. And he said youth coaches do a lot of good that shouldn't be ignored.

Clark said once the organization's board realized the tickets listed a gun as the prize on the raffle tickets, they contacted authorities and attorneys to make sure there were no liability issues. The board decided to let the raffle continue as planned.

The Bixby Youth Football program has about 380 players, ranging from first to seventh grade.

Dan Rice, the fourth-grade coach who held the raffle for his team, did not respond to an email for comment. A message left at a listing for a Dan Rice in Bixby also was not immediately returned. Rice told the Tulsa World that he did not receive any complaints from parents.

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