Gun Permit Requests Soar In Newtown

Residents react to strict Connecticut gun laws

By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 15, 2013 6:33 PM CDT

(Newser) – Residents of Newtown, Conn., haven't exactly shied away from guns since the Sandy Hook massacre, reports Yahoo. Newtown police already have a stack of 209 gun permit requests, exceeding last year's 171 requests and more than doubling the 99 requests from 2011. But the horrendous massacre last year—which left 20 children and six adults dead—doesn't seem to be what spooked them. It's new state gun laws that are among the strictest in America.

"The fact that they were reeling in and squeezing more laws made me think, ‘You know what? I want my gun permit,'" said a 66-year-old grandmother in Newtown. But other residents disagree, including Dave Ackert, founder of a local gun-control advocacy group: "If you look at how many guns the Lanza family had in their home and what that led to, it's a recipe for disaster." According to the FBI, gun sales typically rise after a mass shooting, as authorities found after the Gabrielle Giffords shooting and the Dark Knight massacre.

A man checks out a gun in a gun store.
A man checks out a gun in a gun store.   (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
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