As cities around the country experiment with gun-buybacks to get weapons off the street, one man has started a group to do just the opposite. It’s called the “Armed Citizen Project,” and it aims to provide guns to poor Americans in high crime neighborhoods.

“As criminals have more reason to fear the citizenry, crime begins to drop as a result,” Kyle Coplen, the founder, told

This week, the group gave out its first weapons.

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