Ariz. city residents may get free guns
Arizona gun proponents to hand out free guns to locals. (File photo)
The Armed Citizen Project is planning to hand out free shotguns to residents of crime-hit Tucson city in the US state of Arizona.
The group is claiming that an increase in firearms will ultimately make the country a safer place for Americans.
The nonprofit group is part of a national campaign to arm single women and homeowners with shotguns living in Tucson neighborhoods with high crime rates.
The free gun program has already received about 12,500 dollars in donations to purchase guns and provide training to tens of people.
Many people living in Arizona, including politicians, are against the plan and say that it will only increase gun violence.
In 2011, a gunman shot and injured a number of people in Tucson including congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. Six people were also killed.
On December 14, 2012, a 20-year-old man, identified as Adam Lanza, killed twenty children and six adults before pointing the gun to himself at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.
The move comes after a national debate on gun control following mass shootings in Arizona, Connecticut, and Colorado.
The United States has experienced several mass killings over the past six months, with military-style assault weapons being the weapon of choice.
Every year, more than 30,000 people are shot and killed in the United States, and the year 2012 was a record-setting year for gun sales in the country. About 4.5 million firearms are sold annually in the US.