OKLAHOMA CITY — An Oklahoma church canceled a controversial gun giveaway for teenagers at a weekend youth conference.
Windsor Hills Baptist had planned to give away a semiautomatic assault rifle until one of the event’s organizers was unable to attend.
The churchâ€™s youth pastor, Bob Ross, said itâ€™s a way of trying to encourage young people to attend the event. The church expected hundreds of teenagers from as far away as Canada.
â€œWe have 21 hours of preaching and teaching throughout the week,â€ Ross said.