Case closed with no charges for pastor who won AR-15 in raffle - KPTV - FOX 12

Case closed with no charges for pastor who won AR-15 in raffle

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The Rev. Jeremy Lucas (KPTV file image) The Rev. Jeremy Lucas (KPTV file image)
LAKE OSWEGO, OR (KPTV) -

There will be no criminal charges against a pastor who spent $3,000 to win a raffle for an AR-15 with the intention of destroying the rifle.

Oregon State Police investigated a complaint that the Rev. Jeremy Lucas had illegally transferred the gun to a private party without doing a background check.

The complaint was based on media reports that Lucas said he had given the gun to a friend for safekeeping.

A review by Clackamas County District Attorney John Foote determined there was insufficient evidence to prosecute the case.

"None of the witnesses nor documentary evidence obtained by Oregon State Police prove that an actual 'transfer' occurred. The suspect’s statement to the media that he gave it to someone for safe keeping is insufficient to prove that it did happen. Additionally the investigation fails to prove that even if the transfer did occur, that it was not to any of the permissible transferees," Foote's decision states.

Police said they were unable to secure a voluntary statement from Lucas and nobody came forward with the name of the person who received the rifle.

The story generated a lot of attention when Lucas used $3,000 in discretionary funds from the Christ Church Episcopal parish in Lake Oswego to buy 150 raffle tickets from an Oregon girls softball team.

The team was raffling off an AR-15 to raise money for a tournament in California.

After winning the raffle, Lucas said he planned to destroy the AR-15 or work with artists to repurpose it.

"This one gun will never be used to kill anyone in a school, in a nightclub, anywhere else,” Lucas told FOX 12 in July. “It will never be used to terrorize anyone, it will never be used for anything destructive. That's the one thing I can do."

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