Pistol Permit Applications in Newtown, CT Skyrocket This Year
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It appears that following last December’s Sandy Hook shooting, many resident of Newtown, CT are taking responsibility for their own safety.
According to a report by the Hartford Courant, pistol permits have skyrocketed in the Connecticut town since the shooting.
The surge in permits is likely due to people feeling the need to protect themselves following the incident. Fear of new gun laws may also have played a part in the surge.
Earlier this year, Connecticut passed several strict gun laws which only recently went into effect.
From The Courant,
Newtown residents applied for 183 permits from January through May of this year, a 110 percent increase from the same period last year. Newtown residents applied for 87 permits during those months in 2012. Connecticut towns award temporary permits. The state then awards the full permit.
Statewide, the number of new pistol permits issued by state police increased steeply beginning in March of 2013, reflecting a lag time after applications are submitted to local authorities. From March to September 2013, state police issued 18,233 new permits — a 78 percent increase from the same period in 2012.
Newtown police had so much paperwork to complete pertaining to gun permits, that they had to hire a temporary data entry clerk to keep up.
In Connecticut, you apply for a pistol permit at the town level, are issued a temporary permit, and then the actual permit is issued by the state.