Q&A: Ad for gun raffle


From the South Bend Tribune:

Q: We have an advertiser who wants to run an ad about a gun raffle.

Are there any Indiana laws that would be violated if we run this? 

A: There’s no problem with someone selling guns in Indiana.

But if the ad mentions a raffle, that would fall under the Indiana Gaming Commission jurisdiction, and the advertiser would need the commission’s approval for the raffle.

Raffles are often approved for nonprofit entities, but I can’t imagine there are too many nonprofits that would make a weapon the prize in a fundraising raffle.

Contact Steve Key, HSPA executive director and general counsel, with media law questions at skey@hspa.com or (317) 624-4427.