The Florida branch of the Armed Citizens Project, a group that seeks to arm "law-abiding citizens," was advertising free shotguns in an Orlando neighborhood as part of an effort to stop crime, WESH reported Tuesday.
Members of the group distributed fliers advertising free shotguns door-to-door in the Sunshine Gardens section of Orlando. The state program director for Florida, Ron Ritter, told the news station that the group hopes to work with gun manufacturers and dealers to arm residents with free or discounted firearms.
"This is perfectly legal, permitting guns to be handed out," Ritter said.
One resident said she didn't see the need for a drive to arm her neighbors. Robin McLaughlin, who has lived in the neighborhood for 25 years, told WESH that although the group's giveaway may be legal "that doesn't mean we should all have a firearm."
Earlier this year, the Armed Citizens Project announced a similar shotgun giveaway in Tucson, Ariz.
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