Shaun McClusky says he has already raised $12,000 for his project and hopes to begin handing out the guns inside two months. McClusky says he and the group he is working with will begin handing out information to citizens in the area in order to let them know about the giveaways.
McClusky told the Arizona Daily Star that expects the guns, ammunition, and training to come to about $400 per person. Yes, there will also be a background check.
The neighborhood McClusky wants to serve is a high crime area and he said "we need to take back our city, and it needs to come back to the citizens and not the criminals."
One council member in Tucson has come out against the proposal saying "to suggest that giving away loaded shotguns in high-crime areas will make anybody safer is pure idiocy."
Tucson police haven’t given an opinion yet.
A program called the Armed Citizen Project was begun in Houston a while back. McClusky admits that’s where the idea came from.