Free Gun Program Plans To Expand To North Texas

The group’s gun of choice is a single-shot shotgun.

Gun expert Tom Mannewitz with Target Masters in Garland told CBS11’s Sharrie Williams that the group may have chosen the single-shot shotgun because it’s one of the least expensive weapons to purchase.

But Mannewitz says it’s also the most effective weapon for protecting you and your home.

“With a handgun, the projectile is very slender, so it’s easier to miss your target,” explained Mannewitz. ” With a shotgun, even at distances of 12 feet — which is average distance across the room — you have a pattern of 6 inches in diameter so even if you’re off, you’re still likely to have something in the target.”

The free gun program is controversial — and drawing criticism.

“That appalls me completely,” said Lynne Weber. “I’m against having guns in our society. I want gun control. I think doing that would not empower women but endanger them and everyone around them.”

Gun sales have spiked nationwide in the past months as the debate over gun control has been front and center after the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut killed 20 children and seven adults.

But only time will tell if this free gun program will resonate with residents living in North Texas.

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