RELIGION

Pastor who won AR-15 rifle raffle won't be charged

  • FILE--In this July 27, 2016, file photo, Rev. Jeremy Lucas of Christ Church Episcopal Parish holds the 150 tickets that he purchased in an all-star softball team's raffle to win an AR-15 assault rifle in Lake Oswego, Ore. Authorities have decided Lucas won't be charged for giving the assault rifle to a gun-owning friend for safekeeping without a background check, Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016. (Vern Uyetake/Lake Oswego Review via AP, File)

    FILE--In this July 27, 2016, file photo, Rev. Jeremy Lucas of Christ Church Episcopal Parish holds the 150 tickets that he purchased in an all-star softball team's raffle to win an AR-15 assault rifle in Lake Oswego, Ore. Authorities have decided Lucas won't be charged for giving the assault rifle to a gun-owning friend for safekeeping without a background check, Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016. (Vern Uyetake/Lake Oswego Review via AP, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE--In this July 27, 2016, file photo, Rev. Jeremy Lucas of Christ Church Episcopal Parish holds the 150 tickets that he purchased in an all-star softball team's raffle to win an AR-15 assault rifle in Lake Oswego, Ore. Authorities have decided Lucas won't be charged for giving the assault rifle to a gun-owning friend for safekeeping without a background check, Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016. (Vern Uyetake/Lake Oswego Review via AP, File)

    FILE--In this July 27, 2016, file photo, Rev. Jeremy Lucas of Christ Church Episcopal Parish holds the 150 tickets that he purchased in an all-star softball team's raffle to win an AR-15 assault rifle in Lake Oswego, Ore. Authorities have decided Lucas won't be charged for giving the assault rifle to a gun-owning friend for safekeeping without a background check, Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016. (Vern Uyetake/Lake Oswego Review via AP, File)  (The Associated Press)

A suburban Portland pastor who won an AR-15 rifle from a raffle will not be charged for giving it to a gun-owning friend for safekeeping without a background check.

The Oregon State Police said Thursday that authorities could not prove Rev. Jeremy Lucas had transferred the rifle as alleged.

The Christ Church Episcopal Parish pastor in Lake Oswego declined to speak with police.

Lucas drew national attention this summer when he used $3,000 in church funds to buy as many rifle raffle tickets as he could for a softball league fundraiser.

He has said he wanted to win to destroy the gun.

A recent state law makes transferring a gun without a background check illegal, even if the arrangement is between private parties and no money changes hands.