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Armed Citizen Project offers free guns to quiet Florida neighborhood

Sept. 25, 2013 at 10:14 AM

ORLANDO, Fla., Sept. 25 (UPI) -- A Florida gun rights group said it is offering free shotguns and ammunition to Orlando residents who pass a background check.

The Armed Citizen Project of Florida, which is attempting to deter crime with the use of armed residents, has recently advertised its free gun program in the Sunshine Gardens neighborhood.

The neighborhood is not known as a high-crime area, the Orlando Sentinel said.

"That's what really cracked me up," resident Cathy Rodgers said. "I've never felt unsafe in my neighborhood. I just feel like they're preying on people's fears."

ACP of Florida has not given away one shotgun since it was founded in the area about six months ago, state director Ron Ritter reported.

The group, which is obtaining non-profit status, is reaching out to gun owners and shops to collect donated firearms, the Sentinel reported.

ACP of Florida is an offshoot of a group that was founded in Texas in January, largely to arm single women and residents of dangerous neighborhoods.

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