A Texas group called Armed Citizen Project is raising money to buy guns for citizens in high crime areas as well as single women who may be vulnerable to attack.  The Armed Citizen Project which is based in Houston also has offices in Tucson, AZ.

According to its website, the organization is also organizing efforts in Dallas, Indianapolis, Chicago and Detroit and is seeking volunteers in other cities to help equip qualified citizens with 20 gauge shotguns.

People who accept a gun must pass a background check and a safety training course.  They also must live at their current address for at least one year.

The Armed Citizen Project says "it is dedicated to facilitating the arming of law abiding citizens, and analyzing the relationship between increased firearm availability and  rates.  We are choosing mid-high crime neighborhoods in cities across America, and offering defensive weapons to citizens that can pass a background check, and that will take our safety, legal, and tactical training.  The data that we collect will be used in the completion of a policy study that will measure the deterrent effects of firearms on crime."