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Jun 8, 2013 10:07 PM by Jesse Cohen

Free gun initiative begins in Houston neighborhood

HOUSTON (AP) - A nonprofit that offers free shotguns and firearms training to residents of high-crime areas has made a Houston neighborhood the site of its first gun giveaway.

Residents of the Oak Forest neighborhood, which has been hit by a rash of burglaries and robberies, say they are grateful for the self-defense help.

Amid the ongoing national debate on gun control, Houston-based Armed Citizen Project says it's trying to show that putting more guns in the hands of responsible owners can help combat crime.

But others say research has shown that more guns results in more gun-related deaths rather than less crime. Opinions among local officials are mixed.

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