Mecklenburg County’s Sheriff Cancels His ‘Gun Raffle’ After Florida Shooting


After one of the most tragic school shootings in American history, Mecklenburg County’s Sheriff has decided to cancel what many considered to be a controversial fundraising campaign.

Sheriff Carmichael had planned to host a ‘gun raffle’ on February 18th, during which he would sell tickets for $50 each to raffle off 4 assault weapons, 8 pistols, and 3 hunting rifles.

This past Friday, he released a statement, saying that he would be canceling the fundraising event in light of the tragedy in Florida;

The statement from Sheriff Carmichael reads;

“My heartfelt condolences go out to the victims and families of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. In the wake of this tragedy, I am cancelling Saturday’s gun raffle event and all raffle tickets purchased will be refunded. As the elected Sheriff, I fully understand the difference between responsible gun ownership and senseless gun violence and holding a gun raffle would not serve to advance the values close to my heart or the principles of my Office.”

Reporter Kirstin Garriss recently interview Sheriff Carmichael – when asked about his gun raffle, he said, “a lot of folks that support me, support the second amendment…”

What are your thoughts on the gun raffle?