Pastor who won AR-15 may have violated Oregon law

Lake Oswego, Ore. (KGW) — Reverend Jeremy Lucas is becoming a quick celebrity. All the attention came after he won a raffle to send a girls’ softball team on a trip.

Rev. Lucas said, “I bought 150 tickets, spent around $3,000 from my discretionary fund from Christ Church.”

He ended up winning an AR-15 rifle and he knew he was never going to use it. Instead he wants to make it a piece of art. He said, “Having one less AR-15 in the world would really not be a bad thing. It’s one less gun that will ever hurt anyone.”

He’s received attention from all over — some good, some bad. And now he’s getting more attention — this time, from police.

Lucas says he gave the gun to a friend for safe-keeping, but that could violate the Oregon Firearms Safety Act. Lake Oswego Police say the city got emails asking about it.

The law just passed last year. It says you cannot sell, gift or loan a gun to anyone but a direct family member without first doing a background check through a licensed gun dealer.

Oregon State Senator Ginny Burdick was one of the bill’s chief sponsors. She says the allegations go against the spirit of the new law.

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