Verify: AR-15 raffled for New Caney school charity

The KHOU Verify team tackles the legal concerns regarding a particular school fundraiser where a rifle will be raffled to raise money for a school graduation party.

NEW CANEY, TEXAS - A concerned parent asked us to look into a flyer advertising an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle being raffled off to raise money for Project Graduation, a charity supporting New Caney ISD students.

The flyer says the weapon was donated by Montgomery County Precinct 4 Constable Rowdy Hayden and Justice of the Peace James Metts.

The add states the AR-15 will be raffled off on May 16. Tickets cost $10 each.

We wanted to verify if this was true and if the raffle was legal.

Sgt. Jim Slack of the Montgomery County Precinct 4 Constable's office confirms that the AR-15 is being raffled off.

Proceeds are going to Project Graduation, an independent charity that supports alcohol-free graduation parties for New Caney ISD High School students.  

Slack says the winner will not be allowed to simply walk off with the weapon after the raffle.

He says they will be required to go to a gun store and pass a background check before getting their hands on the rifle.

KHOU 11 legal analyst and South Texas College of Law Professor Gerald Treece says if the gun dealer is completing the background check and handling the weapon transfer, the raffle is not breaking any rules.

Project Graduation is a charity that is independent of the New Caney ISD.

The district says the raffled weapon will not be allowed on any school property.  

VERIFY: Sources

  • Jim Slack, Montgomery County Precinct 4
  • Gerald Treece, KHOU Legal Expert
  • Owner of Trinity Armory, Cleveland gun store



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