VIDEO: The Armed Citizen Project Sets Sights on Chicago Next

Monday, May 6, 2013 | Max Slowik |

Update: Kyle Coplen contacted us to say that the ACP will be supplying participants with pump-action shotguns. If you want to help out with a donation or a pump-action shotgun, head over to their website to see how you can contribute.

Last weekend at the NRA Annual Meeting, the Armed Citizen Project (ACP) announced their plans to expand to Chicago for their next city. To-date the ACP has not operated outside of their home state of Texas.

The plan is to arm law-abiding citizens, particularly single women and mothers, who pass a background check and a firearm training course. They will be given shotguns if they pass both.

The ACP’s idea is that arming vulnerable people may have a positive impact on crime rates, making things safer for everyone.

“We’re not just tossing a bunch of shotguns into a community and walking away,” said Kyle Coplen, University of Houston grad student and ACP leader. “What we’re doing is finding residents who are interested in protecting themselves. We’re not forcing guns on anyone.”

With respect to the research aspect of the project, the goal is to “find if there exists a causal link between an increase in the presence of firearms and the level of crime.”

In expanding the project to Chicago, the organization faces new challenges but may also see the most impact on crime. The ACP will have to tread carefully about the city’s extreme gun control laws if they expect to take on one of the most violent cities in America.

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