McClusky pushes for free gun program - Tucson News Now

McClusky pushes for free gun program

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

A former mayoral candidate in Tucson is launching a plan to hand out free shotguns to the public.

Shaun McClusky has coordinated the Armed Citizens Project to help empower citizens and make criminals think twice.

"What we're going to do is go into high-crime, low-income areas or mid-crime, low-income areas and flyer the entire neighborhood," said McClusky, the Armed Citizens Project coordinator.

The organization says the reason they've selected a shotgun is because it is more cost-effective than a hand gun.

McClusky says arming citizens is the answer to deter crime, and robbers will turn away once they see a "This neighborhood is protected by armed citizens" sign in the front yard.

What sounds like a great idea to some sounds appalling to others.

"Handing out shotguns to individuals, it's just not a good idea. You [have to] know something about the individual before you give them a gun," City of South Tucson Acting Police Chief William Lackey said.

But McClusky says he won't give a gun to just anybody.

"They have to go through background check, have to be in [a] low-income, high-crime area, and we're not just handing out gun to criminals either."

McClusky says they plan to conduct background checks, provide free gun training, gun safety classes, ammunition and gun locks.

Organizers say the goal is to raise $12,000. A similar program is already in effect in Houston, Texas.

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