The Armed Citizen Project scored some major publicity today with news of its program to give free shotguns to homeowners in high-crime neighborhoods “to even the playing field” for homeowners against thugs and home invaders.
HOUSTON (FOX 26) – One Houston man is so fed up with the bad guys bullying and victimizing innocent people he decided to what he calls “even the playing field.” He’s giving away free guns to entire neighborhoods.
“Put the safety off. My finger is not on the trigger. That’s how you unload the gun,” Sara Dimitt demonstrates with her new 20-gauge shotgun. It’s a not so small gift given to Dimitt by a guy she just recently met.
“We give brand new pump action shotguns, 12 gauge or 20 gauge,” explains founder of the Armed Citizen Project Kyle Coplen. In fact, Coplen is offering free shotguns to every homeowner in the Oak Forest neighborhood in Northwest Houston. “The area we’re doing has about 400 homes in it. There was 107 home invasions last year,” explains Coplen.
Coplen came up with the Armed Citizen Project in January after he was disgusted by one of those break-ins, when World War Two veteran Elbert Wood had his house broken into.
“It’s really upsetting because your home is your castle. It’s where you should feel safe,” says Coplen.
Coplen started spreading the word, accepting donations and putting shotguns into the hands of every resident in Oak Forest who wants one.
“I had mixed emotions about it when I found out about it. I was a little nervous about it,” says Dimitt.
“They’re easy to learn how to use. You don’t have to be an expert marksman,” adds Coplen.
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Coming to Illinois *very* soon
It’s worth nothing that this program is coming to Illinois, thanks in part to Guns Save Life, GSL Defense Training, LLC and others. Look for more on this in the coming weeks, particular on or around August 10th
If you want to help make this happen, with either instructional experience, a place for these folks to learn how to use a shotgun (required before ACP will provide them a shotgun), or as an FFL a willingness to do transfers for a minimal fee over cost, please get in contact with us.
Jan King is the Illinois coordinator for the Armed Citizen project. Her email address is janking0909 at me dot com.