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Community split on New Mexico charter school raffling guns

  • Estancia Valley Classical Academy in Moriarty, New Mexico, has a fundraising group comprised of staff and parents 
  • They host fundraisers every year in hopes of constructing a new school building
  • At the 2017 ‘Made in America’ fundraiser, big-ticket items were a gun and a rifle
  • According to the school’s website, they’ve been holding gun raffles during the fundraiser since 2015 
  • According to the Public Education Department, it is up to individual districts or schools to decide how they wish to raise money and the state has no control 

Matthew Wright For Dailymail.com

A school in New Mexico has come under fire for holding an annual gun raffle fundraiser.

Estancia Valley Classical Academy in Moriarty, New Mexico, has a fundraising group comprised of staff and parents. They host numerous fundraisers every year in hopes of constructing a new school building.

At the 2017 ‘Made in America’ fundraiser, the big-ticket items were a gun and a rifle. 

Estancia Valley Classical Academy (pictured) in Moriarty, New Mexico, has a fundraising group comprised of staff and parents

Estancia Valley Classical Academy (pictured) in Moriarty, New Mexico, has a fundraising group comprised of staff and parents

Estancia Valley Classical Academy (pictured) in Moriarty, New Mexico, has a fundraising group comprised of staff and parents

At the 2017 'Made in America' fundraiser, the big-ticket items were a gun and a rifle

At the 2017 'Made in America' fundraiser, the big-ticket items were a gun and a rifle

At the 2017 ‘Made in America’ fundraiser, the big-ticket items were a gun and a rifle

And while those living near the school didn’t comment, KRQU News 13 spoke with families in Alburquerque who felt those were warranted items.  

‘I think it’s good for the kids to build familiarity with the firearms and know what they’re doing,’ said Albuquerque resident Colt Noah.

According to the Public Education Department, it is up to individual districts or schools to decide how they wish to raise money and the state has no control.

While no one nearby the school would comment, those nearby in Albuquerque found little issue with the raffle. One of the winners of the raffle is pictured

While no one nearby the school would comment, those nearby in Albuquerque found little issue with the raffle. One of the winners of the raffle is pictured

While no one nearby the school would comment, those nearby in Albuquerque found little issue with the raffle. One of the winners of the raffle is pictured

The school hosts numerous fundraisers every year in hopes of constructing a new school building

The school hosts numerous fundraisers every year in hopes of constructing a new school building

The school hosts numerous fundraisers every year in hopes of constructing a new school building

The state is only able to enforce that the money be used for proper ventures.

According to the school’s website, they’ve been holding gun raffles during the fundraiser since 2015.

The school is a charter school meaning it is run independently separate from public schools.

And while they are less stringent with their guidelines, other schools do have rules on what can be sold at fundraisers.  

According to the school's website, they've been holding gun raffles during the fundraiser since 2015

According to the school's website, they've been holding gun raffles during the fundraiser since 2015

According to the school’s website, they’ve been holding gun raffles during the fundraiser since 2015

 

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