Tucson Group Giving Out Free Shotguns to City Residents

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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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gleedaniel13
gleedaniel13

This is a very nice idea of having guns on our houses but I think there is also disadvantages. Example, if you and your neighborhood gets quarelled then probably you will be shooting each of you. That was very fearful for me I think.

drwrpm
drwrpm

Great, maybe they'll blow each other away, then we won't have to put them in jail and support them.

Kayla Loney
Kayla Loney

It didn't mention anything about education for the people in the communities or making sure they get registered. it sounds like a legit recipe for disaster but hey, free is free.

Joe Rollins
Joe Rollins

I want land mines. I could sleep safer at night knowing my property is properly protected.

Karen Pimental
Karen Pimental

A single shot shotgun is in no way a true gun of protection; one shot before you have to reload, though you could use it as a fine battering instrument as well. I am in no way anti-gun, this just doesn't seem to serve the purpose it is intended to.

Paul Merrill
Paul Merrill

Don't you think some of these people would rather have the $500 they can get for selling it? Straw buyer laws don't count if you got the gun as a gift. Some of these will end up in criminal hands. It's not a horrible premise, but this is is not smart.

Tommy Amparano
Tommy Amparano

Seeing how they got rid of gun shows within city limits, it seems like a good idea. Plus these folks in high crime areas are being under served. I think those are the buzz words the libs in this blue county like to throw around. Well my blue crony leaders, now the disenfranchised are being served.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

So they want to give free guns to people that are probably poor, and will sell them at the first chance they get.  And sell them to some that should not own guns.

Only nuts would approve of this stupidity!

sliperymike
sliperymike

what about federal laws,and the "straw buyers"in this case?????????????????

Oh if you claim to help,its OK.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

Sounds like a bunch of guns will get into criminal hands this way, as people will leave them out for "protection" and not in a safe and away from kids.

What a stupid idea.


valleynative
valleynative

Training and arming law-abiding citizens who have passed a background check would do more to reduce violent gun crimes than banning large magazines or any sort of rifle.


jonnyquest
jonnyquest topcommenter

"I've stood up with nothing but one shot between me and damnation" Rufus Hannassey 1958. A gun is better than no gun.

squash
squash

@WhoKnows In that case, they should just give guns to rich people.

valleynative
valleynative

@sliperymike  They're not buying guns for these people.  They own the guns, and are giving them to the people.  It's the sort of distinction that's important in law.

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

@valleynative What are the statistics on violent gun crime being committed at the home versus away from the home.  Does more violent gun crime occur against individuals in their homes or against individuals away from their homes? 

david_saint01
david_saint01 topcommenter

@valleynative I vehemently disagree with that statement. Its not going to stop the Laughners and James Homes of the world for starters. Also, no requirement for gun safes so kids can get into them..how many times a week do we hear a story about that instance..just saying

valleynative
valleynative

@JohnQ.Public I absolutely agree that it would be better to provide them with CCW training and quality carry handguns, if that's your point.

valleynative
valleynative

@david_saint01  The Loughners and James Holmes of the world are actually insignificant in terms of gun violence, except on an emotional level.

I would prefer a requirement that the recipients have gun safes.  Good idea.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@valleynative @JohnQ.Public 


As you seem quite uniformed valley, you knows that in AZ you don't need a permit or training to carry concealed?  But in a bar, and no one know you are CC, you just can't drink  (wink-wink, nod-nod).


The majority of these guns will be sold on the street within months, BTW.  It's REALLY a stupid idea.

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