HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – The Huntsville Stars have decided to cancel the raffle for a chance to win one of three guns at their upcoming “Second Amendment Night” promotion at the July 3rd game.
Billed as a chance to educate their fans about the Second Amendment, the Stars’ Second Amendment Night went viral as several sports blogs picked up the story.
Fan reaction to the development Monday evening at the game was mixed.
Decatur resident Jackie Handley said he brought his family out to the game Monday after finding out about the original promotion.
“There is a place for guns and there is a place for good family fun entertainment, so we are happy they decided to not do that,” Handley said.
But Mark Woods who is a member of the National Rifle Association said he was looking forward to the evening and the chance to win a new gun.
“its disappointing but I can’t say I am surprised given everything that has been going on lately they have a public relations situation to deal with,” Woods told WHNT News 19.
In a press release, the Stars spokeswoman, Nicole Collins, said:
In the best interest of baseball, the Huntsville Stars will not include the gift certificates from Larry’s Pistol & Pawn in the in-game raffle on Wednesday, July 3rd. We appreciate the support and understanding of Stars fans and invite everybody out for our 2nd Amendment Night/Independence Night celebration game with post-game fireworks show on Wednesday night. Gates will open early at 5:00 pm, game time is scheduled for 6:43 pm.