A Southside community is speaking out over a plan to arm neighbors with free shotguns. Former Mayoral candidate Shaun McClusky is offering to hand out the guns and train residents in a neighborhood just west of I-19 and Irvington.
Of the 20 people Tucson News Now reporter, Matt Mendes spoke to, about half were for the gun giveaway while the rest were against. It's an offer of protection that's drawing some backlash.
Some neighbors worry the guns will end up in the wrong hands. Former mayoral candidate Shaun McClusky says Midvale Park is a high crime area. That's something the neighborhood president disputes and calls offensive. The guns would be free to any person who passes a full background check. The offer includes the weapon, bullets, a gun lock and even training on how to use it.
"I think most bad people have guns any way," said Bill Ortega, a Midvale Park resident. "I think we need good people with guns who know how to use them properly."
"We want to make sure people are comfortable and confident and 100% safe in their home with their weapon," said former mayoral candidate, Shaun McClusky.
Midvale Park Neighborhood Association president, Joe Miller, "We don't accept vigilantes over here. We're hard working people and the police in our area do a fine job."
Councilman Paul Cunningham also attended Thursday night's meeting and spoke against the gun giveaway.
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