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Florida Group Offers Free Guns.....

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Group offers free shotguns to fight crime in Florida suburb


 

Members of the group "Armed Citizen Project" say they are looking to arm residents of a Florida neighborhood with shotguns in an effort to stop crime. WESH's Stephanie Kolp reports.

By Jeff Black, Staff Writer, NBC News

Members of a gun-rights group think they have the answer to combating crime - free shotguns and ammo to homeowners.

Members of the Armed Citizen Project of Florida have been dropping leaflets on doorsteps in the Sunshine Gardens community near Orlando, Fla., offering to "arm volunteer households," for free.

"This is perfectly legal because what we're doing is we're offering first of all a certified gun-instruction class, but we're not handing out the shotguns whatsoever." the ACP state director Ron Ritter told local NBC affiliate WESH.

Ritter said a firearms retailer would supply the shotguns and ammunition and transfer ownership once the volunteer passes a background check.

Many residents interviewed by local media seemed a baffled by the effort, particularly since the community isn't known as a high crime area.

"That's what really cracked me up," Cathy Rodgers, who has lived in the community for seven years, told the Orlando Sentinel. "I've never felt unsafe in my neighborhood. I just feel like they're preying on people's fears."

The Florida group, which is affiliated with a Texas organization, has yet to give away even one shotgun since it was founded in the Tampa area, Ritter said.

That seemed to be fine with some residents.

"Everybody has the right to bear arms," Robin McLaughlin told WESH, "but that doesn't mean we should all have a firearm for our own protection."

According to the Armed Citizen Project's national website, run by its flagship Houston, Texas, chapter, the group is "dedicated to facilitating the arming of law abiding citizens" in order to fight crime.

The group's founder, Kyle Coplen, made headlines in May when he said he wanted to give away free shotguns to New Yorkers.

A phone call to Ken Geis, a volunteer on the Orlando shotgun giveaway, was not immediately returned.

by on Sep. 25, 2013 at 7:09 PM
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lizzielouaf
by Gold Member on Sep. 26, 2013 at 8:26 PM
1 mom liked this

Trust me, after making the zig zag shuffle through the lines at the rides, you'll be seeing zombies everywhere!


Quoting TruthSeeker.:

Don't say that! !! We are headed to Disney in 3 weeks. I don't want to have to worry about Zombies also! !

Quoting Woodbabe:


Quoting lga1965:

 


Quoting yourspecialkid:


 


Quoting lga1965:


 


Quoting yourspecialkid:


 They take a class and pass a background check.  I thought this was what people wanted.


 


 


 LO> That is essential. But will they do it?


Or just hand 'em out "there ya go buddy".They need to be mentally checked out too. The day I feel that I need a gun "to protect myself" is the day I make an appointment with a psychiatrist.  They need guns to protect themselves from each other in the "Gun Culture".


 You didn't read the article.  They aren't handing the guns out, they are only funding them.  The guns are distributed by gun shops AFTER a class is taken and a background check passed.  This is no different than my husband taking me in to buy me a new gun.  I have taken the class..the gun store will run a background check and my husband will hand them his Discover card.


 


 Well, that sounds a little better.


By why arm Florida? LOL.

Because THAT is where the zombies are *wink*



yourspecialkid
by Platinum Member on Sep. 26, 2013 at 9:03 PM

 

Quoting lga1965:

 

Quoting yourspecialkid:

 

Quoting lga1965:

 

Quoting yourspecialkid:

 They take a class and pass a background check.  I thought this was what people wanted.

 

 

 LO> That is essential. But will they do it?

Or just hand 'em out "there ya go buddy".They need to be mentally checked out too. The day I feel that I need a gun "to protect myself" is the day I make an appointment with a psychiatrist.  They need guns to protect themselves from each other in the "Gun Culture".

 You didn't read the article.  They aren't handing the guns out, they are only funding them.  The guns are distributed by gun shops AFTER a class is taken and a background check passed.  This is no different than my husband taking me in to buy me a new gun.  I have taken the class..the gun store will run a background check and my husband will hand them his Discover card.

 

 Well, that sounds a little better.

By why arm Florida? LOL.

 I don't know, maybe they have a lot of crime in that area.

turtle68
by Mahinaarangi on Sep. 26, 2013 at 10:01 PM

meh...free gun and lessons.  Thought people would be flocking to it.

The only problem I'd have with this is if they were somehow tracking where you live (the funder).  I wouldnt want to be called on in some sort of vigilante siege just because you paid for my gun.


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