Yahoo Alert: Free Guns Group to Expand to Other Major American Cities

Published on May 8, 2013

Screen Shot 2013-05-08 at 10.08.18 AMIn Febuary Outdoor Hub reported on the “Armed Citizen Project” (ACP), a Houston-based movement started by 29-year-old grad student Kyle Coplen. Initially offering free shotguns to eligible homeowners in high-crime Houston neighborhoods, the project has since then announced expanding to other major cities. High on Coplen’s list is New York and Chicago.

The stated goal of the project is to provide homeowners with self-defense weapons they would otherwise not be able to afford, and to study the effect an increase in firearms would have on crime.

“I started to think about what we as society could do to deter home invasion crimes in the future,” Coplen told DNAinfo Chicago. “It’s our hypothesis that criminals do not want to die in your hallway. We think that society should use that fear to deter crime.”

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