WEST FARGO, N.D. (CBS Seattle/AP) — Gun raffles are common in North Dakota, but one aimed at raising money for a youth hockey association is drawing national attention in the wake of the December school shooting in Newtown, Conn.

The Dec. 14 shooting rampage that killed 20 first-graders and six adults sparked a nationwide debate about gun control. Mike Prochnow with the West Fargo Hockey Association says the group’s gun raffle was planned months before the Connecticut tragedy.

“I knew it was going to blow up, but I didn’t think it would blow up to this magnitude,” Prochnow told WDAY-TV. “We’ve gotten calls from CNN, CBS radio, we’re in Sports Illustrated.”

The association is raffling off 4,000 tickets for 200 weapons including rifles and shotguns, hoping to raise $90,000.

WDAY-TV reports that some West Fargo residents like Teresa Blackcloud question the timing of the raffle. Others say North Dakotans have a different attitude about guns, and there’s nothing wrong with the raffle.

“I think it’s probably came up at a bad time, but I see nothing wrong with it,” Chad Bergan told the station.

The raffle will be held March 15.

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