Reporter: Cory Marshall
TUCSON(KGUN9-TV) - A one-time Tucson mayoral candidate wants more guns in three of Tucson's neighborhoods.
It's called the Armed Citizen Project and Shaun McClusky is working to bring the Houston-borne program to Tucson. The project gives neighbors in mid to high crime areas a free shotgun and proper training.
"I hope that it reduces our crime rate," McClusky said.
He says the move will target Midvale Park, Pueblo Gardens and Midtown. Qualified applicants will have to fill out an online application and pass a background check. Everything is free and funded by donations.
"If you're a criminal are you going to, if you have a placard outside the neighborhood that says, 'this neighborhood is protected by armed citizens,' are you going to break into that neighborhood?" McClusky said.
It's going to be a while before the gun giveaway is a go. McClusky says the program will be underway within the next two months.
"It would make me feel safer but there's always a risk. I wouldn't know what they would use it for," Midtown neighbor Yogahend Korghank said.
"Do you ever not feel safe," Nine On Your Side's Cory Marshall asked nearby resident Traci Develis. "Yeah, when there's a lot of crime and you know that the gangs and stuff. They all get guns illegally and you have no defense if you don't have one," Develis replied.
Arizona House Democrats are already speaking out, slamming the program. Rep. Victoria Steele called the project, "plain lunacy."