Second Amendment

Non-Profit Gives Guns to Poor People Who Need Protection

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While politicians in Washington argue about limiting access to guns, whether through universal background checks or restricting the availability of assault-style weapons, one Texas group has a mission to do something quite the opposite: giving away free guns to the poor. 

The Armed Citizens Project is a Houston-based nonprofit organization formed to provide free firearms and training to residents of high-crime areas and single women. The ACP was founded by Kyle Coplen, a graduate student at the University of Houston, who hopes to prove that increased gun ownership leads to lower crime rates. "As criminals have more reason to fear the citizenry, crime begins to drop as a result," Coplen told