ST. HELENS, Ore. -- Parents of Little Leaguers inSt.Helens want the league's board of directors removed after they raffled off an AR-15 rifle.

The winner of the raffle showed off the gun late Monday afternoon.

I'll use it for hunting and pleasure shooting, said Allen Hays.

The money raised by the raffle will support the St.Helens Girls Softball League. Leaders said they raffled off a rifle because the girls needed new equipment and better fields. They made $1,600 in two days.

I'm grateful for all the supporters, said league president Devin Degraffenreid. You have to understand how much support we garnered through all of this.

But not everybody is ecstatic over the fundraiser. A group of parents wants the board of directors removed. They believe the fundraiser sends the wrong message.

It has nothing to do with softball, and it puts an image on our league that doesn't need to be there, said Betty Bundy.

The board is not trying to send a message. They say they are just looking out for the girls.

That is why Allen Hays said he entered the raffle. He now finds himself at the center of a controversy that is dividing the small town.

Anytime you can help kids out I think you have to do that.

A big meeting was scheduled for later in the week. Opponents of the fundraiser hope to make their point at that time.

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