Police union cancels plan to raffle off rifle

The department says a state statute bars giving away weapons as prizes and the raffle has been canceled


Associated Press

BERGENFIELD, N.J. — A New Jersey police union has canceled a raffle that listed a rifle and a shotgun as prizes.

Bergenfield police say a state statute bars giving away weapons as prizes and the event has been canceled. NorthJersey.com reports Det. Dave Tortora, president of Bergenfield PBA Local 309, said Thursday the firearms raffle was a way to help his 46-member organization raise money.

Bergenfield police say anyone who purchased tickets will be refunded.

The Bergen County Prosecutor's Office became involved after a NorthJersey.com reporter was seeking comment about the legality of the raffle. Tortora apologized in his statement Thursday.

The union was offering two guns as a raffle prize to help fund a scholarship for Bergenfield High School students.

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