Huge crowds at Connecticut gun shops before vote

State lawmakers approved some of the toughest gun control measures in the country, and gun enthusiasts are responding by going shopping.

By Kim Peterson Apr 3, 2013 3:32PM
Updated 8:05 p.m. ET

Gun control votes and packed gun stores are pretty predictable pairings these days. Nowhere was that more evident this week than in Connecticut, where state lawmakers approved a sweeping bill Wednesday.

One gun store told NBC News that business jumped five-fold ahead of the vote. One shopper said people were snapping up "anything semi-automatic."

The frenzy comes as the state's General Assembly debates a proposal to ban military-style assault weapons and magazines that hold more than 10 rounds. The bill also bans armor-piercing bullets and requires a background check for all gun purchases, including those made at gun shows.Credit: © Scott Olson/Getty Images
Caption: A customer shops for a pistol at Freddie Bear Sports sporting goods store. December, 2012

Emotions on both sides of the debate were running high this week, leading Gov. Dannel Malloy to cancel an appearance at the capitol due to security concerns.

The Connecticut Senate approved the measure in a 26-10 vote, and the House began debating the bill Wednesday evening, Reuters reported. The proposal was crafted partly in response to the Dec. 14 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, in which 20 children and six adults were killed.

"You can make an argument, a strong argument, that this is the toughest law passed anywhere in the country,'' Malloy said, according to The Hartford Courant.

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Apr 3, 2013 4:16PM

Colt, Mossberg, Ruger, Marlin,   


We in Texas would welcome you with open arms!  


You need to be thinking about packing up in these gun hating states and start moving south.   We have a lot of poeple that are willing and able to work down here.  The state of Texas might even give you a tax break if you where to come.   You have to fight fire with fire some times and now might be one of those times. 

Apr 3, 2013 4:50PM
Like this law will stop the insane or criminals...  Obamaville (Chicago under it's old name) had made guns illegal to own for a half century...  How is that working out for ya?

These traitors that think the Constitution can be voided by their laws are mistaken.  Patriots will IGNORE these attempts to strip away out civil rights.    Vote out these socialist Hitlerites, I mean democrats...  

I hope all those that have SWORN to PROTECT and DEFEND the CONSTITUTION stand up to these traitors...
Apr 3, 2013 5:20PM
As usual, the boneheads in all the Fed and most state gov't are going for the wrong thing, and the great unwashed masses go along because they don't know better.  No one wants a tragedy like Sandy Hook, but keeping guns out of the responsible owners hands is cutting off your nose to spite your face.   Criminals will get guns, no matter what kind or how, they WILL get them.  How is that 40 year old "war on drugs" working out for ya?  Same thing here.  By taking away our guns, your puposely putting all Americans in a hole with no defense.  This whole thing is political, paid for by responsible gun owners, and leaving us wide open for what? Gov't takeover?  Total confiscation?
Likely.  Reduction in gun related crime? nope.  See Odumbo's hometown Chicago?  toughest gun laws in the country, yet they had the highest crime rate.  States that have less restrictive laws have the lowest crime rate.  Only empty headed liberals put 2+2 and get 3.  or 5.  
Impeach all the useless airheads in Congress and the White House and start over with true Americans who will follow the Constitution and Bill of Rights as the law specifies, and patriots who will defend us from the Obamas, Holders, Reids, Feinsteins, etc.  These are the criminals ruining this country.  It's time people think!

Apr 3, 2013 4:46PM
I hear Magpul is moving from Colorado to Texas...  They don't need jobs in Colorado....
Apr 3, 2013 5:56PM
Obama's "jobs" program sure is helping gun and ammo manufacturers....
Apr 3, 2013 4:30PM
How's that New Black clown working out for you guys?
Apr 3, 2013 7:58PM
These liberal idiot democraps think they are out smarting the people, WRONG! People are buying up guns in record numbers. As far as not buying or selling certain shells, all these people will do is go over state lines to buy them. Also i suspect that alot of people will take this issue to federal court and defend their second amendment rights, i know i would.
Apr 3, 2013 7:27PM

This isn't shocking as the state was where Sam Colt set up shop....he died at 47 in 1862 and his legacy goes on.  How about Remington Arms?  

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