Executive Director of Armed Citizens Project Kyle Coplen is determined to figure out if more guns really lead to less crime. To do this, the organization is seeking to arm individuals in a few “mid to high crime” Houston neighborhoods to determine whether there’s a statistically significant relationship—or even a causal link—between an ‘increase in the presence of firearms and the level of crime.
“We’re not just tossing a bunch of shotguns into a community and walking away,” Coplen told Fox 26.
Interested individuals must clear a background check, pass the organization’s safety, legal and tactical training and have lived in their current home for more than one year. Participants will receive “one break action 20 gauge shotgun, that holds one shell at a time,” the website states, adding that this weapon is ideal because it’s inexpensive, easy to use and most importantly, “it is of little to no value to criminals.”