The Huntsville Stars, a minor league Double-A affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers, found themselves embroiled in a small national controversy after the team revealed they’d be hosting a “2nd Amendment Night” during their upcoming July 3rd game, promising “fun, food, and firepower.”
There will be free admittance for card-carrying NRA members as well as a raffle sponsored by a local business: Larry’s Pistol and Pawn. The potential prizes lucky fans can win? A Ruger 10-22-TD, and Ruger 22-45 MKIII, and a Ruger American (with a scope).
Team manager Buck Rogers stressed to the media that no guns would actually be given away at the stadium, criticizing bloggers and media members who have been referring to the event as a “gun giveaway.” Instead, raffle winners would be able to redeem their tickers and Larry’s Pistol and Pawn (after undergoing the necessary registration and background checks, of course). He also said that there would be increase security at the game, even though he assured worried fans the event would be safe. The Stars are expecting a crowd of over 8,000.
The 2nd Amendment has become a hot-button issue over the last year, with each ideological side refusing to budge. Rogers said he hopes the night will be “educational.”