Tucson Group Giving Out Free Shotguns to City Residents

If you live in Tucson and don't have a shotgun to blast anyone who comes into your house uninvited, you're in luck.

A Tucson group called the Armed Citizen Project, funded by donations, plans to give away shotguns to people in certain areas of Tucson -- "for free!"

According to its website, the project already exists in Houston and is expanding to Tucson.

The simple explanation from the Armed Citizen Project is here:

The Armed Citizen Project is dedicated to facilitating the arming of law-abiding citizens and analyzing the relationship between increased firearm availability and rates. We are choosing mid- [to] high-crime neighborhoods in cities across America and offering defensive weapons to citizens that can pass a background check, and that will take our safety, legal, and tactical training. The data that we collect will be used in the completion of a policy study that will measure the deterrent effects of firearms on crime.

You can also find a seemingly sensible explanation on the website of why it chose its weapon of choice, a single-shot shotgun.

Down in Tucson, the Tucson Weekly heard that the program has $12,000 in pledges for Tucson, and the areas of interest to the group are Pueblo Gardens, Midvale Park, and Grant-Campbell.

The councilman who represents one of the areas told the Weekly that it sounds like "absolute lunacy."

Also from the Weekly , the group apparently plans to leave fliers around the areas, inviting residents to meetings, where they would get on the road to free shotgun ownership.

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