Florida group offers free shotguns and says it finds takers

A row of shotguns. Reuters Photo: Carlo Allegri

MSN News

The Armed Citizen Project offers one free shotgun per household on its website in an effort to saturate high-crime areas with gun owners.

ORLANDO — Hundreds of Florida residents accepted an offer this week for a free shotgun, said the director of the Florida branch of the Texas-based Armed Citizen Project.

A website for the group, which offered one free shotgun per household, said the project hopes to create “gun rich” zones in moderate- to high-crime areas in the United States to analyze what happens to the crime rate when a neighborhood is saturated with guns.

But Ron Ritter, director of the Florida branch, said guns would be distributed to all comers instead of being concentrated in a defined location. He said the group expects to begin distributing shotguns “in the next 10 days.”

The group flooded a quiet Orlando neighborhood on Sunday with fliers about the free shotguns and ammunition to homeowners who pass a background check and take a firearms course.

Geovany Sinche, 40, a hotel maintenance worker who lives in the Sunshine Gardens neighborhood, said he was surprised to receive the offer, since, he said, crime is not a significant problem there.

“I don’t think giving everyone guns is the solution. If I see something wrong, I call the police,” said Sinche.

Project founder Kyle Coplen could not immediately be reached for comment.

Ritter said the project also has branches in California, Illinois, Arizona and other states.

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Source: MSN News

 

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