HOUSTON -- A Houston nonprofit group is now offering free guns to people in a neighborhood with a high crime rate.
The Armed Citizen Project started arming citizens in the Oak Forest neighborhood Monday night.
Group organizers said ten residents completed the four-hour safety and tactical training and will be armed with either a 12- or 20-gauge shotgun. Classes are limited to ten people to ensure that each person is trained to use the firearm.
The nonprofit group was launched by University of Houston student Kyle Coplen. It’s funded by private donations and is dedicated to empowering citizens and deterring crime by providing free training and shotguns to residents in moderate- to high-crime areas
"I want the criminals to be looking at it like they're playing Russian roulette with their lives," said Coplen, a 29-year-old public administration graduate student. "If they decide to break into a home, they have no idea whether it's one that's armed or one that's not.
The group says it will continue arm citizens in Oak Forest for the next few weeks.
For more information about the Armed Citizens Project, click here.