Gun permits spike in Newtown

After going through one of the worst shooting tragedies in recent history, residents are increasing firearm purchases.

By Kim Peterson Aug 1, 2013 1:55PM
File photo of customers at the gun counter in Duke's Sport Shop on Jan. 15, 2013, in New Castle, Pa. (© Keith Srakocic/AP Photo)A town that has seen some of the worst gun violence in recent history is responding by buying more guns.

The numbers are small but significant in Newtown, Conn. More than 200 people have received new local pistol permits through July 24, The Wall Street Journal reported. That's up from 171 permits for all of last year.

The rise in permits suggests that some Newtown residents have not swung as sharply in favor of gun control as others after a young man shot and killed 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School last December.

"It's sinking in to some folks that 'I need to take responsibility for keeping my family safe,'" one Newtown resident told The Journal.

But a city administrator in Newtown told the newspaper that the increase is probably more about concerns about a crackdown on guns than a response to the school shooting. People across the state stepped up gun purchases this spring ahead of an expanded ban on guns that took effect April 5.

That trend has played out nationwide as well. The number of nationwide background checks for gun purchases could hit a record in 2013, reports MSN moneyNOW's Bruce Kennedy. There were 16.4 million checks in 2011, nearly 19.6 million last year and about 11.4 million in the first six months of this year.

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Aug 1, 2013 2:48PM
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Bad guys have weapons...always have and always will.  The only solution is to have one yourself...
Aug 1, 2013 2:53PM
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I live in Newtown and went to that school as a child. Does that mean I'm automatically supposed to turn in my 2nd Amendment rights? Sorry, but I'm not giving in over that little prick.
Aug 1, 2013 2:49PM
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An armed society is a safe society...

People in Newtown have every right to defend themselves as anyone else...

Aug 1, 2013 2:50PM
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People are smarter than the media or govt think.
Aug 1, 2013 2:52PM
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Good for them. Shame though the "news" will have to come down on them as gun loving ,bible thumping, right wing radicals.
Aug 1, 2013 2:53PM
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Evidently the residents figured out all the pollitians exploited them for their own pollitical gains and can't protect them if their lives depended on it. "Only I can be master of my own universe."
Aug 1, 2013 2:52PM
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Either way, it shows they don't agree with the liberal agenda on gun control. It's hard to argue against personal responsibility for self defense. Just hope they get training.
Aug 1, 2013 2:50PM
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this commie in the white house is trying to take our guns! from my cold deadhands
Aug 1, 2013 2:52PM
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Maybe the residents of Newtown plan to take back their local govt, by force if necessary. The sheeple of the USA need to do the same!
Aug 1, 2013 2:58PM
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The government does not give a damn about your safety, that merely want you to slave your life away trying to make ends meet and burden you with taxes that they can piss away on entitlement programs that do not work and foreign governments that they can kiss the **** of.
Aug 1, 2013 2:56PM
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You don't have the courage to take care off your family, that is your business.

My wife told me, "I take care of you and the kids."

Up to you, to make sure I have a safe place to do that".

She is not interested in hearing me, saying, that," I called 911."

She doesn't care how I do it, that is up to me.

She will not understand if I did my best, she expects that I wi9ll provide her and our children with a safe place to live.

I elected to buy and own a weapon, that makes me the equal of 3 or 6 guys with evil intentions.

 

Aug 1, 2013 3:01PM
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That's because the residents are smarter than the media or politicians.
Aug 1, 2013 3:03PM
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I feel that I am responsible for the safety of my family and no one else.  when you dial 911 the law is minutes away, I am not going to be a coward and cringe in terror while some idiot is attempting to hurt my family.  I was not brought up to be cowardly toward man or beast.  If someone or something should render me useless then it will be up to someone else in my family to take up the weapon and dispose of the threat.  make no mistake, everyone in my family knows how to fire and reload any weapon we have including the 12 year old granddaughter.  msn you can now move this to worst because your to CS to leave it where most people  read.  go ahead and hide it now
Aug 1, 2013 3:05PM
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Cops can't be everywhere, you should not be denied the ability to protect yourself and loved ones, no matter what the bleeding heart Liberals say!
Aug 1, 2013 3:07PM
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The answer is simple ,if  you are unable to protect yourself and your family , you are a lamb being led to slaughter.

The criminals have little or no fear of the police ,courts or prisons and no respect for your life or rights.

Arm yourself , get some good training and practice putting 2 bullets where you want them , first time , every time.

Aug 1, 2013 3:01PM
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Wonder what the Gov thinks about that?
Aug 1, 2013 3:04PM
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I can only hope some of them are teachers.

Aug 1, 2013 3:05PM
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The only thing the liberal media has accomplished by parading Gabby Giffords around and demonizing firearms and even falsely exposing the Zimmerman case is an increase in firearms permits and sales.

A friend has a firearms class and he is so backed up he can't handle it all and is flat out turning people away. We live in moonbat Massachusetts so it isn't a gun nut state or right wing nut, blah, blah, blah area. He gets the professors and bug hunters from Woods Hole and the WHOI and MBL as well as the majority of the blue bleeding Democrats in this region.

Hard core liberal democrats and they are ever so quietly lining up like Rockettes to get their weapons training. Keep beating that drum media. Guns are selling at all time high prices and ammo is flying off the shelves and as I said earlier, it isn't even the right wingers and gun nuts that are doing it. It is ALL Americans.

Aug 1, 2013 3:02PM
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The city administrator is right on target. 

 

Unfortunately virtually all efforts for gun controls are in some way or another "anti-gun". 

2nd Amendment has already been excessively infringed upon.

 

Gun inventories are slowly returning to normal but ammunition supplies remain limited -- second is due to market manipulation by Government agency purchasing actions.

Aug 1, 2013 3:13PM
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Most criminals who have guns got them illegally...the honest people fill out the proper paperwork & follow procedures.
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