Reporting Sharrie Williams
DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Calvin Carter lives in South Dallas’ Sunny Acres neighborhood, an area that has worked hard to keep crime out — but it has been a struggle.
Last July Dallas Police suited up in riot gear and tried to control an angry mob right behind Carter’s home.
Officers were called to the area for what turned out to be a setup between rivalry gangs over drug turf.
It ended with one man being fatally shot by a Dallas officer.
But a new program is getting Carter’s attention.
The Armed Citizen Project is raising money to give free guns to residents living in high-crime areas and to single women — so they can defend themselves against criminals.
Based in Houston– the group now wants to expand to Dallas.
“It sounds good but you have to be careful,” said Carter.
“It’s good to be able to have weapons in case something happens to you or your family when you’re not there, that weapon could save them.”
In order to get a free gun you have to pass a background check and complete a safety training course.
You also have to have lived at your current address for at least a year.