An online petition with nearly 3000 signatures asks the New Hampshire Association of Chiefs of Police to cancel a controversial fundraising raffle. The month-long raffle is scheduled to kick off on May 1 with daily prizes of pistols, rifles and semi-automatic weapons.
The police chiefs are holding the Month of NH Made Firearms promotion to raise money for the New Hampshire Police Cadet Training Academy, a one week program of academics and physical training for teenagers and young adults who want to pursue a career in law enforcement.
The police chief president, Chief Paul T. Donovan, has refused to cancel the promotion but responded to criticism in an open letter acknowledging the “recent tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut” and extending “deepest sympathies to the families and first responders.”
“New Hampshire Chiefs of Police feel the issue with these tragic shootings are ones that are contrary to lawful and responsible gun ownership,” he wrote. “We believe in and support the Second Amendment, and encourage education in the area of firearms safety.”
The petition, which will be delivered to Chief Donovan, asks the chiefs to “give up the gun giveaway and accept the offer of a buyback of all of the raffle tickets:”
The New Hampshire Association of Chiefs of Police have received an offer from a concerned citizen’s group to buy out the raffle, covering the price of all tickets sold, and a jeweler is willing to used the melted guns to create items to benefit victims of gun violence. Ask the New Hampshire Association of Chiefs of Police to take the win/win/win option and save lives.