Wrestling team raffles 52 guns in 52 minutes

NAMPA, Idaho - Wrestlers vied for top honors at the Idaho Center Saturday. But in the entry a unique fundraiser was raising some eyebrows.

The Columbia High School wrestling team was raffling off "52 guns in 52 minutes."

At 52 bucks a ticket, this fundraiser has been a big money maker for the wrestling team. And it's only their first year doing the raffle. A ticket bought you 52 tries to get a gift certificate for a gun. The guns were valued up to $2,300. (Photos from the Raffle >>>)

Parents we talked to at the tournament were supportive of the idea.

"There's a lot of hunters, my husbands a hunter. So he is hoping to win a couple guns," said Perla Gleed.

Her husband Rick said the raffle was an interesting idea.

"This is America and that's what America's about, being able to bear arms and all that. So i am all for it and I don't think it's bad or portrays a bad image," said Gleed.

Raffle organizer Tyrel Harris says background checks will be done by Sportsman's Warehouse and that the wrestling team is actually raffling off gift cards for specific gun amounts. The winners can choose how to spend the money at the store.

"Everything is legal, we don't have any handling with the guns," said Harris.

Even so, some viewers on our KBOI2 Facebook page were not happy about the idea.

Lacy wrote in saying, "As many school shootings as there has been...I think it's kind of wrong that a high school recreational and sports activity is supporting it".

About 850 tickets were sold for the raffle. The team raised about $15,000.