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3:01 PM, Sep 29, 2013   |    comments
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(WUSA9) -- Buy a $45 raffle ticket and win a rifle.

The Accokeek Volunteer Fire Department of Prince George's County held a gun raffle on Saturday to help raise funds for the department.

The event called Sportsman Bonanza had a variety of hunting weapons from Browning, Beretta and other gun markers.

"It means new equipment, new training, everything up-to-date...to keep us safe and keep the community safe," said the Accokee VFD Deputy Chief Joshua Carlson.

This year, however, the raffle was held in Charles County because Prince George's County has an issue with firefighters raffling off firearms.

"The county is uncomfortable with holding the event at a county firehouse because it send the wrong message," said Prince George's County Fire Dept. Spokesperson Mark Brady.

Event organizers stress that all Maryland laws are being followed and that no live ammunition will be raffled of with the shotguns and rifles.

"You still have to go through the criteria that anybody else would do to purchase a gun," said Fire Chief Dave McCormick.

On October 1st, Maryland will enact some of the toughest gun control laws in the nation. However, just one of the weapons raffled off is on the list of guns that will be banned next week.

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