Texas group wants to arm New Yorkers for free

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BRONX (PIX11) – With gun control still very much at the forefront of national and local discussions, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, one of the most committed gun control advocates around, is not letting the issue die.

But there is a Texas based group now proposing to bring in more guns into the streets of New York, promising to be in 15 cities by the end of the year.

Armed Citizen Project’s founder Kyle Coplen spoke to PIX 11 over the phone and said after a person passes a background check and takes a safety, legal and tactical training class with Armed Citizen’s Project they would receive a shotgun.

“These guns are not going to be on the streets. They will be in the homes of law abiding citizens,” insists Coplen.

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Armed Citizen Project’s founder Kyle Coplen spoke to PIX 11 over the phone and said after a person passes a background check and takes a safety, legal and tactical training class with Armed Citizen’s Project they would receive a shotgun.

Coplen’s proposal targets high crime neighborhoods, where the city has ongoing issues surrounding gun control.

Mayor Bloomberg agreed the group appeared to be following all the rules and laws thus far, but he does not see the benefit.

“It doesn’t make a lot of sense to me and hopefully it’s just a gimmick and the guy will go away,” said Bloomberg.

Coplen also admitted to PIX11, his organization has done no polling of New York City residents to see if this is a program they are even open to.