Tucson Group Will Give Free Shotguns to Residents Organizer says push will be in high-crime zones By John Johnson, Newser Staff Posted Mar 27, 2013 6:30 PM CDT Updated Mar 31, 2013 10:45 AM CDT 258 comments Comments (Shutterstock) (Newser) – A former mayoral candidate in Tucson plans to provide residents of high-crime neighborhoods with free shotguns to defend themselves, reports the Arizona Daily Star. Shaun McClusky has raised $12,000 for the project so far, and his group plans to hand out the first weapons within 60 days. He figures it will cost up to $400 per person to provide a gun, ammo, and training, plus a background check. "We need to take back our city, and it needs to come back to the citizens and not the criminals," says McClusky. Counters a councilman: "To suggest that giving away loaded shotguns in high-crime areas will make anybody safer is pure idiocy." The police department hasn't weighed in yet. McClusky says he got the idea from a University of Houston grad student who started a similar program in that city, called the Armed Citizen Project.