On duty, in uniform, suburban cops raffled off assault rifle

Posted10/30/2017 3:52 PM

With some fanfare, the village of Melrose Park adopted restrictions in 2013 on assault weapons.

Back then, Mayor Ron Serpico said: "The thing I can't get my arms around, I know when the Constitution was passed, I don't think they could envision these types of guns."


Despite the restrictions, police officers in the west suburb -- in uniform, on the clock, while working security on village grounds over Labor Day weekend at the Taste of Melrose Park festival -- were allowed to hawk $10 raffle tickets for a chance to win an AR-15-style semi-automatic rifle as a fundraiser for their union. They also raffled off a Ruger 9 mm handgun.

The officers had a booth at the main entrance to the outdoor festival held at the suburb's sprawling municipal government complex. They also walked the grounds, asking people at the festival if they'd like to buy raffle tickets.

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